ROSEMONT, IL (July 2, 2016) – The Bandits ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win against the Akron Racers Saturday night at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
A fifth-inning rally gave the Bandits (10-13) the only lead they would need. After designated player Taylor Edwards (1-for-2, BB) was hit by a pitch, right fielder Danielle Zymkowitz (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI) tripled to tie the game at three. Three batters later, center fielder Sammy Marshall singled with a short chopper down the third base line to put the Bandits ahead 4-3.
Sara Moulton (W, 2-2), who collected the win in a 2.1-inning relief effort, said the Bandits had to get back to basics to get back in the win column.
“We talked a lot about that as a team, just basic hitting, basic defense and basic pitching,” she said. “You need two out of the three to win a game and we were finally able to string it all together today.”
Zymkowitz’s game-tying triple was her first of the year and just her second extra-base hit of the season. She has recorded 16 singles, however.
“[Zymkowitz] is our oldest vet, so you know she’s one of the hardest workers on our team,” Moulton said.
Pitching by committee finished off the Bandits win as Lacey Waldrop recorded one out and Michelle Gascoigne (SV, 2) finished off the last 1.2 innings.
The Racers (12-9) came out swinging against Angel Bunner – who signed with the team on Friday – and the first three batters of the game recorded singles. However, Bunner managed to maneuver out of the inning with minimal damage, allowing just two runs in the frame on RBI singles from Kelley Montalvo and Sami Fagan.
Bunner escaped the inning (and a bases-loaded jam) by inducing a harmless fly out from Ashley Thomas.
“[Bunner is] another veteran, so she’s got experience under her belt,” Moulton said. “She’s got good leadership and she’s really [going to] help us.”
The Bandits answered right back in their half of the first inning with two runs of their own. First baseman Brittany Cervantes (1-for-2, HR, 2 R) scored on an RBI single from second baseman Emily Carosone (2-for-4, RBI, R), who returned to the lineup after sitting last night. Two batters later, Zymkowitz drove in Carosone with a single through the right side.
Cervantes, who led off the game with a walk, has now scored in all seven games against the Racers this season. She also added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo home run, her third of the season.
Bunner was pulled in favor Moulton after the Racers loaded the bases in the third inning. Moulton got Taylor Schlopy swinging to get out of the jam.
The Bandits are back in action Tuesday for a two-game series against the USSSA Pride, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NPFTV and 1590 WCGO.
Tickets for all remaining home games during the 2016 season are on sale now. Visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348 to order.
Gosling's Rum Recap Notes:
• Tonight’s attendance was 1,339, the second most this season. It was also the eighth time in 11 home games with 1,000+ fans at The Ballpark at Rosemont this season.
• The Bandits are now 4-12 this season when the opponent scores first. They are 8-3 when scoring in the first inning.
• With tonight’s win, the Bandits snapped a six-game losing streak, which was double their longest losing streak from the 2015 season.
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About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
About the Chicago Bandits:
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, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-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 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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