07/11/2016 12:00 AM -
Kansas City, Kansas - July 11th, 2016 – The Dawgs faced off against the USSSA Pride in Kansas City at the Community America Ballpark in T-Bones Stadium.
The Dawgs scored early in the top of the first after shortstop, Christian Stokes, reached on a base hit. A sacrifice bunt by Lexi Overstreet moved Stokes into scoring position. The Dawgs took control at the plate against Pride pitcher, Hannah Rogers with three hits in a row starting with an RBI single by catcher, Taylore Fuller (1-0). This was immediately followed up with a base hit from Mizzou Alum, Emily Crane then a shot to center field by lead-off hitter, Kiki Stokes making it an early 2-0 ball game.
Amanda Fama continued the Dawgs hot offense with a two-out stand-up double to centerfield. The momentum remained as C. Stokes hit a shot into the 5-6 hole to score a speedy Fama heading home (3-0). Overstreet takes one for the team by getting hit by a pitch; a free pass to Fuller loaded the bases for Crane who with a good effort grounded out to second to end the side.
Two hits in a row for the Pride by Hallie Wilson and Megan Wiggins respectively followed by an RBI single to right field by Kelly Kretschman put the Pride on the board (3-1). Pride shortstop, Shelby Pendley came in clutch with a hit up the middle to score Kretschman (3-2) but was later thrown out at second base trying to advance by Fuller.
Emilee Koerner kept the offense rolling after a walk by stealing second base. With an upward shift of momentum for the Dawgs the Pride put former Dallas Charge player, Jolene Henderson in for relief. The Scrap Yard Dawgs kept a solid defense in the fourth and fifth by going three up and three down both innings silencing the bats of the Pride. Playing with her hometown crowd behind her, K. Stokes stroked a solo home-run with two outs to extend the Dawgs lead in the top of the sixth (4-3).
A pinch hitter for Fama, Tennessee All-American, Madison Shipman resulted in a base hit up the middle as she was quickly moved to second off of another blast up the middle by C. Stokes who was 2 for 3 on the day. The Dawgs shut down the Pride in the final two innings of play taking game one in a 4-3 game out hitting the Pride 10 to 5.
The Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow night again in Community America Ballpark in T-Bone Stadium for game two against the Pride. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.
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