It’s difficult enough to beat Cat Osterman with an error-free game. So imagine how much harder it was for the Rebellion when they committed three in the first three innings and finished with four in the game.
Two of the errors lead to runs and Osterman was terrific again as the USSSA Pride downed the Rebellion in the first game of their best-of-3 series in the National Pro Fastpitch softball championship in Hoover, Ala.
Game 2 in the series is 6:30 p.m. today.
The Pride struck for single runs in the first, second and third innings to basically put the game out of reach. Osterman has not allowed a run against the Rebellion all season and raised her record to 17-0.
Osterman got all the runs she needed in the first inning when Caitlin Lowe reached on an error and came around to score from third base when Rebellion starter Sarah Pauly was called for an illegal pitch.
A rare error by Rebellion left fielder Brittney Lindley allowed a run to score in the third inning. Those runs were sandwiched around a Kelly Kretschman solo home run in the second.
The Pride broke it open in the fourth by scoring twice. Kristen Butler and Wiggins each had an RBI to make it 5-0. GiOnna DiSalvatore’s sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it a six-run game.
Osterman pitched five scoreless innings, striking out eight, walking one and allowing just two hits.
Pauly took the loss, falling to 4-12, giving up six runs in five innings.
In the opening game of the playoffs, Lisa Norris outpitched Monica Abbott as the Akron Racers took a 2-1 victory from the Chicago Bandits.
Jessica Garcia doubled in two runs in the sixth for the Racers, who have a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3 series.
Norris walked three and struck out one but did not allow a one after the first inning. In that first, Megan Wiggins led off with a double and came around to score on a wild pitch.