The Pennsylvania Rebellion (0-1) took the field on Friday night at Perdue Stadium anxiously awaiting their new foes in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF). But, the newest franchise in a four team league was edged by the former NPF Champions, the USSSA Pride (1-0), 2-1 in their inaugural season opener.Osterman, the defending NPF Pitcher of the Year, dealt 15 strikeouts and gave up just two hits in a complete game victory. Her mound opponent and former teammate Sarah Pauly, had an outstanding debut for the Rebellion as she surrendered just six hits and struck out six batters in six innings of action.
The Rebellion opened up the scoring in the first inning without a hit. Former Canadian Olympian medalist Jenn Salling got on base after being hit by Osterman who then walked the next two batters to load the bases. A rare oddity provided the Rebellion with their first score in NPF history as Pennsylvania outfielder BB Bates strike out turned into the Rebellion's first run of the season as a passed ball allowed Salling to score from third and gave the Rebellion a 1-0 lead.
Two innings later, the Pride tied the game at one as a groundout by Pride player Bridgett DelPonte scored her teammate Andrea Duran who led off the inning with a single.
The Pride then took the late lead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth from Kelly Kretschman to score Krystin Sandberg and secure their first victory of the season.
The Rebellion will face the Pride again tomorrow night in Salisbury, Md. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. .