Kelly Kretschman hit a solo home run in the first inning and the Racers were never able to recover, suffering a 4-1 loss to the USSSA Pride on Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.

The loss was the second in a row for the Racers, who fell to 9-7 after a 5-1 start. The Pride improved to 11-3.

“In the league itself, scoring first is huge,” Racers manager Brian Levin said. “Today was a tough day and sometimes you just have to tip your hat [because] they played better than we did.”

The Pride scored a run in each of the first three innings and had a shutout until Geri Ann Glasco smacked a solo home run, her first of the season, in the fifth inning. That kept the Racers from being shut out for the first time this season.

“[Glasco] can swing the bat,” Levin said. “We’ve been using her as a pinch hitter and we wanted to get her some back-to-back at-bats, and she performed well.”

Glasco ended the day 2-for-3.

Hannah Rogers allowed four hits and struck out three in 5? innings to earn the win for the Pride.

Despite the team’s recent struggles, third baseman and six-year veteran Kelley Montalvo said the Racers need to find a way to push through it.

“We have to stay motivated,” Montalvo said. “Sometimes when you go up against a team like that ... it deflates you a bit. I think if we just stay together, stay motivated and keep playing how we’ve been playing on the road we’ll be fine.”

The Racers will wrap up their three-game series against the Pride at the University of Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Monday. A win would help the team gain some momentum going into a two-game home series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion, Levin said.

“Anytime you win you try to work off that,” he said.