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Charge Sign Nikia Williams

McKinney, TX – April 18, 2016 –  Dallas Charge General Manager Kevin Shelton announces the signing of former NFCA-All American and NPF veteran Nikia Williams.  Williams was picked by the USSSA Pride 16th overall in the 2012 NPF Draft.

Williams commented on her return to the NPF, “The opportunity to come back and play is not something many people can do, and I’m proud to be part of such a wonderful program. I have had the itch to play in the NPF for the last two seasons and I am so thankful to be given the opportunity by the Dallas Charge organization. I look forward to competing at the highest level well as promote the sport of softball on a professional level.”

“We are excited to add Nikia’s experience, versatility and athletic ability to our squad,” said Shelton.  “We continue to build a solid nucleus that provide the stability that will give us a chance to compete for a championship on a regular basis.”

During Williams senior year at Washington she was named a top 10 finalist for Lowe’s Senior Class Award.  In 2011 she was an NFCA All-American and Top 25 finalist for ASA Player of the Year.  In 2009 Williams earned a spot on the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team where she set multiple records.

“Nikia knows how to compete on the big stage.  Her maturity and professionalism are great additions to the Charge,” said Shelton.

 

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Charge Split Afternoon Double Header With Rebellion

McKinney, TX – (August 13, 2016) – The Dallas Charge split a double header at home on Saturday afternoon with the PA Rebellion. Both games ended 3-2. The result cements each teams place in the 2016 NPF regular season standings. The Charge will finish fifth, one place ahead of the Rebellion.

In game 1 the Charge got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to timely hitting from veteran catcher Kaylyn Castillo, but could not hold on. Kaylyn Castillo brought home Renada Davis in the bottom of the first and Caitlin Attfield in the bottom of the third with two-out singles.

The Rebellion erased that deficit and took the lead in the top of the fifth. Charge starter Morgan Melloh allowed two runs before being lifted for Jill Compton who gave up a single up the middle that brought home the go ahead and ultimately winning run for the Rebellion, giving them the 3-2 win.

Dallas Escobedo picked up the complete game victory for the Rebellion. She fanned nine and walked just two. Melloh got the loss, falling to 4-8 on the season.

In game 2 the Charge overcame a 2-1 deficit via the home run to win 3-2. The Rebellion scored first in the top of the second without the ball leaving the infield. Dallas area native Chaley Brickey walked. A bunt single, sacrifice bunt and ground out to shortstop brought home Brickey and staked the Rebellion to a 1-0 advantage.

Lauren Haeger, who had two hits it the game, drilled a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at one.

The Rebellion came right back in the third to take the lead. A Stacey Porter double in the right center gap brought home Victoria Hayward who had singled.

Danielle Henderson put the Charge ahead for good in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast.

Starter Cheridan Hawkins earned the win, pitching five and one-third innings before giving way to Vanessa Stokes and Morgan Melloh in relief. Melloh picked up the save.

The Charge reached their highest win total ever, moving to 19-30, while the Rebellion are 17-32 overall. The Charge and Rebellion will both conclude their season Sunday at noon at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney.

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Charge Win Regular Season Finale

McKinney, TX – (August 14, 2016) – The Dallas Charge finished the 2016 campaign by winning their final game 4-1. The victory gave Dallas a two out of three series win against the PA Rebellion and their 20th win, three more than in 2015.

The Charge scored all four runs via the home run on Sunday afternoon. Taylor Gadbois tallied her first pro home run, the inside-the-park variety, knocking in two and Lauren Haeger blasted her sixth long ball of the year, also a two-run shot. Those long balls happened in the third and fourth giving Dallas a 4-0 lead.

Haeger continued the form that helped her throw a no-hitter in her last outing, as she started for the Charge in the circle. The right hander went four strong innings, allowing just one hit. Cheridan Hawkins, Vanessa Stokes and Jill Compton followed in relief. Haeger earned the win, improving to 10-7 on the season. Compton earned the save.

Emma Johnson picked up the loss for the Rebellion allowing four runs on three hits in three innings.

The Charge reached 20 wins against 30 losses in their second season of competition, while the Rebellion finished at 17-33 overall.

Charge 4 Rebellion 1 Box Score 8-14-16

About Dallas Charge

The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com

About National Pro Fastpitch:

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

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