Dallas Escobedo Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (July 8, 2016) – The Bandits could not muster any offense against Dallas Escobedo Friday night at The Ballpark at Rosemont, falling in game two of a three-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion by a 3-2 final score.
After tallying eight hits and five runs in last night’s series opener, Escobedo quieted the Bandits’ bats with a near-spotless performance in the circle for the Rebellion (11-17).
Escobedo (W, 2-4), tossed 5.1 scoreless innings in the circle for the Rebellion, surrendering just four hits in the ballgame while striking out a pair. It was an impressive performance from the third-year pitcher after she allowed a pair of runs in just two innings earlier this season in an 8-7 loss to the Bandits.
This time around, Escobedo was spotless, keeping Bandits (11-16) hitters off-balance throughout the game with a nice mix of speeds. The Bandits failed to record their first base hit until Jill Barrett’s opposite field single through the left side with two outs in the third. With the base knock, Barrett extended her hitting streak to seven games, tying her longest streak of the 2016 season.
The Bandits managed to make things interesting with threats in the fifth and sixth innings against Escobedo, who was working with a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead at the time. With runners on the corners and two away in the fifth, Barrett (2-for-4, 2B) grounded out softly back to Escobedo to end the frame. Again, in the sixth, the Bandits placed runners on the corners with two outs, but could not scrape across a run against Escobedo or reliever Haylie Wagner, who finished off the sixth inning to keep the shutout intact at the time.
However, the Bandits did not go down without a fight. A seventh-inning rally sparked by a pinch-hit, two-out, two-RBI single to right by Andrea Filler (1-for-1, 2 RBI) put the Bandits within a run, but Taylor Edwards (1-for-4), representing the potential winning run, grounded out to second baseman Kayla Winkfield to end the game. Wagner (SV, 4) earned her fourth save of the season, tying her for the league lead.
With the win, the Rebellion forced a rubber match in the three-game series tomorrow night with first pitched scheduled for 7:35 p.m. CST.
Tickets for Saturday night’s game and 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 1,249, marking the 12th home game at The Ballpark at Rosemont this season in which there were 1,000 or more fans.
• Jill Barrett extended her hitting streak to a team-high seven games with a third inning single.
• Barrett also recorded her 12th multi-hit effort of the season, which doubles that of the next best on the Bandits (Allard – 6).
The Bandits are now 2-3 against the Rebellion in 2016.
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About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
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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