INDEPENDENCE, OH—Kelsey Nunley allowed just one hit and struck out nine to lead the USSSA Pride to a 4-1 six-inning win over the Cleveland Comets at Elmwood Park’s Zuber Field on Saturday.
Nunley allowed one earned run in the bottom of the first inning when Jade Rhodes doubled home Alexa Peterson, who had been hit by a pitch. The Comets drew two walks and had four others hit by a pitch in the game but failed to come up with the clutch hit off of Nunley.
The Pride, who improved to 9-0, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Sierra Romero drew a two-out walk and stole second. She scored on Bianka Bell’s single.
After Cleveland tied the game in the bottom half of the inning Sahvanna Jaquish led off the USSSA second with a double and Alex Powers hit a two-out single to make it 2-1.
Nunley had retired seven straight Cleveland hitters until Peterson drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and Rhodes and Chloe Miller both were hit by a pitch, leaving the bases full of Comets with one down.
Two straight fly outs ended the threat.
Chelsea Goodacre’s two-run double pushed USSSA’s lead to 4-1. The Pride added two runs in the top of the seventh inning but they were erased after a heavy downpour in the bottom half of the inning ended the game and the score reverted back to the last complete inning.
Eight different USSSA players recorded a hit in the win and Goodacre led the team with her two RBI.
Rhodes finished the game 1-for-1 for the Comets with an RBI and a walk.
Cleveland starter Devin Brown allowed just two runs on six hits. Gretchen Aucoin relieved Brown in the top of the fifth with two on and no outs and retired three straight batters to keep Cleveland’s deficit at 2-1. Aucoin allowed two runs on two hits in the sixth.
USSSA and Cleveland are scheduled to complete their three-game series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
About the Cleveland Comets
The Cleveland Comets, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, became a new franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in 2018. The team became the most recent addition to the NPF and is owned by the former owner of the Akron Racers, a team that existed since the NPF began in 2004. The Cleveland Comets will embrace the Racers’ fan base, while also introducing the attractive and popular product of fastpitch softball to the Greater Cleveland area. For more information on the Cleveland Comets, contact General Manager Stephen Dunn.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.