INDEPENDENCE, OH (June 8, 2018)—The USSSA Pride improved to 8-0 with a 13-1 win over host Cleveland at Elmwood Park’s Zuber Field on Friday.
The Pride took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a single by Megan Wiggins, who later scored on Chelsea Goodacre’s groundout, and added three more in the third. Allexis Bennett led off that three-run rally with a single and Sierra Romero homered to left. Goodacre then doubled and scored on Kelly Kretschman’s single.
Cleveland scored one in the bottom of the fourth when Chloe Miller, who had walked, scored on a throwing error.
USSSA responded to the mistake with a two-run fifth then added four in the sixth and three in the seventh to finish off the Comets, who remained winless at 0-8.
Bennett finished 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Pride. Bianka Bell and Hallie Wilson both recorded three hits for the Pride while Bell posted a team-high four runs batted in.
USSSA pounded out 19 hits and pitcher Jolene Henderson went the distance in the win. Henderson allowed just the one unearned run and struck out four.
Alexa Peterson, Jade Rhodes, Jiang Xinyue and Liu Feifei each had a hit for the Comets. Randi Rupp took the loss for the Comets after allowing 10 runs on 14 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Wang Fan threw the final 1 2/3 innings. She allowed three runs on five hits.
The Comets played an errorless ballgame for the first time this season.
Cleveland and USSSA will play again on Saturday at Elmwood Park with first pitch being scheduled for 7:05 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.