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Bandits Advance to Championship with 5 to 2 Win

Brittany Cervantes of the Chicago Bandits Photo By Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Hoover, AL. – August 15, 2015 - the Chicago Bandits come from behind to beat the Akron Racers to advance to the Final series against the USSSA Pride.  The winning pitcher for the Bandits was Michelle Gascoigne going six innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits.  She also struck out thee and walk three.  Monica Abbott came in, in the seventh and got the save for the Bandits while striking out two.  
The losing pitcher was Lisa Norris who struggled with her command on the mound during her 4 and 2/3 innings.  She walked seven and gave up four runs and six hits.  Norris finished the tournament with an 0-2 record.
Things started off well for the Racers when Nerissa Myers grounder went off 2nd baseman Danielle Zymkowitz glove with the bases load scoring two runs.  
The Bandits would come back in the bottom of the 4th when Brenna Moss singled scoring Tammy Williams making the score 2 to 1 in favor of the Racers.
The Bandits would take control of the game in the bottom of the 5th, scoring four runs.  Zymkowitz walked to tie the game at 2.  Then Brittany Cervantes singled to right field scoring Williams.  Griffin Joiner tried to throw Cervantes out at second but threw the ball into center scoring Allard and Zymkowitz giving the Bandits the 5 to 2 lead.
The Bandits wouldn’t look back from there as they finished off the Racers season.  
The Bandits will play the Pride in Game 1 of the NPF Championship at 2pm on Sunday at The Hoover Met.  Game 2 will be contested on Monday at 7pm.  Game 3, if necessary will be played at 7pm on Tuesday.       
LOCATION: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, AL. 
SCORE: Akron Racers 2, Chicago Bandits 5
CHAPMIONSHIP SERIES RECORDS: Racers (0-2), Bandits (2-0)
For more information about the Akron Racers visit or call 330-376-8188 About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 14th season of play in 2015. 
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
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.