VIERA, FL (August 2, 2017) — The Pride’s Shelby Pendley was a one-woman wrecking crew on Wednesday night, as she belted a pair of home runs and posted five RBIs in USSSA’s 6-1 win over the Charge at Space Coast Stadium.
Pendley didn’t take a wait-and-see approach in her first two at-bats against Texas starter Coley Ries. The Pride shortstop launched a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning to give her team a 3-1 lead and then added a two-run shot in the bottom of the third to pad that lead further.
Both homers flew over the fence in right field, helping USSSA (31-8) secure a two-game sweep of the Charge (20-23) in Viera, Florida.
“(The pitches) just looked good, so I swung and hit it,” Pendley said of her home runs. “I’ve been seeing the ball pretty well in BP and in the games, so I just decided I was going to be aggressive when I went up there.”
Pendley’s instant offense helped the Pride battle back from a 1-0 deficit in the top of the first. Texas third baseman Nadia Taylor, who was 3 for 3 on the night, used a two-out RBI triple to give her team the early lead.
However, USSSA starter Angel Bunner battled back over the next three frames, keeping the Charge scoreless in each inning. Relievers Jolene Henderson and Jessica Burroughs slammed the door shut over the final three frames, combining to allow just three hits.
Pendley said afterward that her team’s pitching staff is very reliable.
“We go out there and know they’re not going to score and that’s just confidence coming in here,” she said. “We’re able to relax a little bit more to put more runs on the board. When we’re loose, we play better.”
Megan Wiggins also drove in a run for USSSA during the win.
For Texas, Bailey Landry and Mysha Sataraka were the only two players other than Taylor to solve the Pride’s pitching by notching a base hit on Wednesday.
Lauren Haeger came on in relief of Ries in the bottom of the fifth and tossed a pair of hitless innings.
The Charge, currently mired in a four-game losing skid, will look to bounce back when they return home following a pair of off days. Texas is set to host the Chicago Bandits Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos.
The National Pro Fastpitch playoffs are set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Game Time: 7:05 PM ET
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About Texas Charge
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.