Aussie Spirit swept by NPF’s top team

The Aussie Spirit take on the USSSA Pride at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

Aussie Spirit swept by NPF’s top team

The Aussie Spirit will be glad to see the back of the USSSA Pride as they move on to their next challenge in their debut season in the National Pro Fastpitch league.

The six-game series in Viera, Florida, wrapped up with the Pride taking the final two games 10-0 and 9-0.

The Pride now sit unbeaten at the top of the NPF standings.

The Aussie Spirit, now with a 6-12 win-loss record, will head “home” for a series against the Chicago Bandits in Kansas.

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The Aussie Spirit players talk tactics.

Game 17: USSSA Pride 10, Aussie Spirit 0

Stacey McManus led off the game with a single through the right side, but not much went right for the Aussie Spirit after that.

Apart from a base hit by Jessica Torpey in the fifth inning, the Spirit offence again struggled to counter powerful USSSA Pride pitching.

Katie Donovan was the best of the Spirit pitchers, allowing just one hit and three walks in three scoreless innings.

Jolene Henderson got the win for the Pride as she threw a complete-game shutout, striking out three.

She was named the Vaults Lock It Up Player of the game for the second time this season.

 

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Jessica Burroughs pitches for the USSSA Pride against the Aussie Spirit.

Game 18: USSSA Pride 9, Aussie Spirit 0

Aussie Spirit outfielder Shannon Keevers had two hits, but the rest of the offence was shut down by solid Pride pitching and defence.

The Spirit did not help their own cause, making four errors in the field.

Katie Donovan, Stephanie Trczinski, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Monica Perry shared the pitching duties but struggled to contain the powerful Pride hitters.

Pride pitcher Jessica Burroughs earned the win with  a complete-game shutout. Burroughs allowed struck out seven as she improved her season record to 3-0. She was named the Vaults Lock It Up Player of the game.