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Bandits Secure First Place Behind Abbott and Yamada

Eri Yamada (Photo by Dina Kwit)
 
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The final game of the series concluded today in dramatic fashion with a pitching duel featuring Olympians Monica Abbott (4-1, 0.24 ERA) and Cat Osterman (4-1, 0.85 ERA). Abbott and the Bandits ultimately prevailed with a 1-0 victory and took the series three games to one while securing first place in the NPF standings.
 
The Bandits threatened in the first inning after Eri Yamada and Alisa Goler both singled. Tammy Williams was then walked to load the bases. However, the Bandits failed to convert any runs as Osterman recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
 
Pitching continued to be the dominant factor throughout the second, third, and fourth innings, keeping the game scoreless. Both teams left runners stranded on base as Abbott and Osterman continued to consistently strike out batters. 
 
The Bandits finally broke through and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. Megan Wiggins was walked and Yamada’s RBI double to left center field allowed her to score, making the score 1-0 heading into the sixth.
 
The Bandits threatened again in the sixth after a fielder’s choice allowed Patton to get on base, she then stole second but was left stranded. 
 
Abbott struck out three consecutive batters in the top of the seventh to end the game and improve her record to 4-1 this season. She recorded 12 strikeouts on the day, bringing her season total to 50. 
 
Osterman threw 11 strikeouts, improving her season total to 61. Her record now stands at 4-1 this season as well. 
 
The Bandits will look to stay atop the NPF standings as they travel to Akron, Ohio this week for a four game series against the Racers. The series is scheduled to begin Thursday June 27th with first pitch at 6:05 pm. 
 
Notes:
- Attendance today was 1,439
- The Bandits improved to 9-3 on the season, securing first-place in the NPF
- Yamada’s winning RBI was her 12th RBI of the season
- Abbott improved to 4-1 on the season
- Abbott recorded 12 strikeouts, upping her total to 50 on the season
- Abbott won her second 1-0 game of the series
 

SITE: The Ballpark at Rosemont
SCORE: Bandits 1, Pride 0 
RECORDS: Bandits (9-3), Pride (7-5)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: June 27 @ Akron Racers, 6:05 pm
 
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch.  Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level.  The roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott.  The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
 
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.  The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).  NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.
 
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