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Rain Delay Brings Bandits Bats Alive Again, Defeat Racers 7-1

Brittany Cervantes (Photo by Dina Kwit)

ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 20, 2013
– Rookie pitchers Michelle Gascoigne and Ivy Renfroe faced off in the circle tonight for the first time since they competed against each other in the 2013 Women’s College World Series. Gascoigne and the Bandits prevailed to win game three of the series 7-1.
The Bandits jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Nikki Nemitz got the offense started with her leadoff double and was able to advance to third off Kimi Pohlman’s infield hit. Danielle Zymkowitz stepped up to bat and delivered an RBI double that scored Nemitz. Megan Wiggins then followed suit with a triple allowing Pohlman and Zymkowitz to score. Wiggins was then able to steal home due to a miscommunication between the Racers. 
The Racers got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Kaylyn Castillo’s double allowed Brianna Turang to score, cutting the Bandits lead to 4-1. 
After another nearly two-hour rain delay play resumed in the bottom of the third. 
The Bandits extended their lead in the fourth inning when Pohlman got on base with a single. Amber Patton’s RBI triple allowed her to score, making the score 5-1 going into the fifth inning. 
The Bandits kept the offense up in the fifth inning adding two more runs to their lead. Tammy Williams hit a double to left field and was brought home by Brittany Cervantes’ line drive home run to center field to make the score 7-1. 
With tonight’s win Gascoigne improves to 3-1 on the season while Renfroe drops to 7-6.
The Bandits and Racers return to Rosemont tomorrow for the fourth and final game of the series. First pitch is set for 3:05 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.