The Rebellion got their first look at Dallas Escobedo in a game situation and they had to like what they saw.
Escobedo, the No. 1 pick by the Rebellion in last month’s National Pro Fastpitch league draft, pitched six strong innings and managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to help the Rebellion to a 3-2 victory over the USSSA Pride Saturday night in Salisbury, Md.
The victory was the first in the history of the Rebellion, which formed this year after replacing the New York-New Jersey organization.
Escobedo struck out six, walked two and hit a batter.
“It was quite a start,” said Escobedo to a reporter following the game. “I was so excited.”
This was the second of two games in Salisbury, Md. for the Rebellion and Pride. After an off day today, the two teams will play Monday and Tuesday in Hanover, Md. The Rebellion opens their home schedule at Consol Energy Park Thursday against these same Pride.
The Rebellion scored runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings but could have had more, stranding 11 runners and leaving the bases loaded at the end of three separate innings.
The key RBI came in the seventh inning with the Rebellion holding a 2-0 lead. Third baseman Jenn Salling led off with a single and moved to second on an error off a grounder by shortstop Bianca Mejia. Right fielder Brittney Lindley hit a grounder that Pride shortstop Madison Shipman fielded but could not get Salling out at third base.
With B.B. Bates at bat, Pride reliever Blair Luna uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Salling to score.
The Pride rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases with no outs against Escobedo. GiOnna DiSalvatore then slapped a two-run single to center field that cut the Rebellion lead to 3-2.
Escobedo seemed to settle after that, getting catcher Kristyn Sandberg to fly out to short left and second baseman Amanda Kamekona and Andrea Duran to pop out to catcher Mandy Ogle.
The Rebellion threatened in the second, third and fourth innings but could manage just two runs. They left eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the second and third innings.
Just as in the opener Friday night, the Rebellion jumped in front with a run in the second inning off Pride starter Jordan Taylor. Brittney Lindley opened the inning with a walk and moved to third base on a double by Courtney Liddle one out later. Andie Varsho loaded the bases with a bunt single and Lauren Lappin drove in Lindley with a single to center.
The Rebellion made it 2-0 in the fourth when Lappin got to second base on an error on Pride third baseman Andre Duran. Two outs later Jenn Salling knocked a single to center field that drove in Lappin.