Photo by Dina Kwit (2013)
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 19, 2013 - After nearly a two hour rain delay, the Bandits used a three-run sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and propel the squad to a 4-1 win over the visiting Akron Racers. Andi Williamson earned her fifth career win, tossing six innings while only allowing three hits and one run.
Neither team was able to get any offense going in the first two innings. Williamson and Akron’s starter Lisa Norris pitched solid innings, allowing little opportunity and both teams played clean defense.
The Racers threatened early in the third inning when Ayumi Karino reached by beating out the throw to first. Her single marked the first hit of the game by either team. However, the Bandits executed a flawless double play to escape trouble and keep the game scoreless.
The Bandits also had an opportunity in the third inning when Vicky Galindo drew a walk, stole second, but she was ultimately left stranded when Norris recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
The Racers threatened again in the top of the fourth inning. Kelley Montalvo and Charlotte Morgan both drew walks and Kaylyn Castillo’s sacrifice fly allowed them both to advance a base. Sam Marder loaded the bases after drawing a walk but Williamson and the Bandits prevailed when Amber Patton made a great defensive play at third to keep the Racers off the scoreboard and end the inning.
The Bandits finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Patton started things off with a leadoff double, giving the Bandits their first hit of the game. Cervantes stepped up to bat and delivered an RBI single to right field allowing Patton to score and giving the Bandits a 1-0 edge.
The lead proved to be short-lived however. The Racers answered in the top of the sixth inning when Morgan hit a solo homerun to deep left field.
The Racers made a pitching change during the sixth inning, sending Jen Mineau into the game after Norris was injured. They made a second pitching change during the sixth substituting Rachele Fico to close out the game.
After a long rain delay in the sixth inning, the Bandits came out and scored three runs to take the lead. Alisa Goler got on base with a leadoff double and Maggie Hull entered the game to pinch run. Kristen Butler delivered a single, allowing Hull to score. Tammy Williams hit the Bandits’ second double of the inning and Eri Yamada then hit a two-run single which scored Williams and pinch runner Kimi Pohlman.
Michelle Gascoigne entered the circle in the seventh inning to close out the game for the Bandits. With tonight’s win the Bandits improve to 19-6 while the Racers fall to 10-16. The teams return to the Ballpark at Rosemont tomorrow night for game three of the series. First pitch is set for 7:35 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.