NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge softball program and the USSSA Pride, a team that competes in the National Pro Fastpitch league, participated in a community event at Matador Diamond Tuesday afternoon to promote the game of softball to the surrounding communities. A large crowd of fans of all ages watched the two teams compete in a variety of game simulations and was able to get autographs from both teams following the contest.
No official score was kept for the simulation, though several players for both teams had outstanding performances. Former All-Americans Danielle Lawrie (Washington) and Jordan Taylor (Michigan) worked all angles of the plate from the pitching circle and Natasha Watley, Caitlin Lowe and countless others took a couple cuts for the crowd.
For Northridge, Mia Pagano, Alexa Limon and Crystall Maas all had opportunities to throw simulated innings against the Pride and several Matador alumni, including All-Big West selections Mercedes Lovato and Jennifer Mosier, also participated in the event. Tanna Bindi and Adrienne Martinez flashed some leather and also collected what would have been base hits for CSUN.
"Today was a great opportunity for our community to see some of the world's best," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "It was great to see such a big crowd out there and I think everyone had a lot of fun out there."
Members of both the CSUN men's and women's soccer programs also competed in the event.
Both the Matadors Pride will be in Cathedral City this weekend to participate in the Cathedral City Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Park. At the event, Northridge will play Boise State, No. 8 Texas, Iowa, No. 1 California and San Diego State. The Pride will take on Cal State San Marcos, Concordia College and Victor Valley Community College.