Stacey Porter Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA (July 30, 2016) - The Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits met tonight at Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA, for the first of two to wrap up the season series between the two teams. The excited fans battled through a rain delay of nearly an hour, but stuck it out to watch an exciting Rebellion victory by a final score of 5-3 over the Bandits.
The Bandits were the first team on the board in the top of the first. After back-to-back singles by Jill Barrett and Taylor Edwards to start the game, another hit, from the newest Bandit Amanda Kamekona, gave Chicago a 1-0 lead.
The Rebellion wasted no time in responding when, in the bottom of the first inning, they plated a pair off a 2-run single by Right Fielder Lexie Elkins. Designated Player Stacey Porter walked and First Baseman Alisa Goler doubled before the rookie Elkins was able to drive them home, and just like that, it was 2-1 Rebellion.
In the top of the second, Chicago had runners at second and third with nobody out. That’s when Rebellion Pitcher Emily Weiman put on her dancing shoes. She got a groundout, a lineout on a tremendous catch by Second Baseman Olivia Watkins, and then a strikeout to dance out of the potential danger and keep the lead intact.
The Rebellion added another run in the bottom of the second when Victoria Hayward scored on a wild pitch to extend the PA lead to 3-1.
In the top of the third, the rain began to fall, and that led to a 55-minute weather delay.
When the game resumed, the action began to heat up.
It was in the fifth inning when Chicago cut into the PA lead with an RBI single from Natalie Hernandez, and it was 3-2 Rebellion.
In the top of the sixth, Taylor Edwards did what Taylor Edwards usually does, and that is hit home runs. It was a solo shot, her 9th of the season, and it knotted things up at 3-3.
The Rebellion got the lead right back, however, by playing some small ball in the bottom of the sixth. Shortstop Whitney Arion was hit by a pitch and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Victoria Hayward. Olivia Watkins followed with an infield single, which moved Arion to third. Stacey Porter came through with the clutch hit of the night. It was an infield single, but it was enough to score Arion and give the Rebellion the lead. Watkins would also score in the inning when a throw down to second got away from the Bandits, and that made it 5-3 Rebellion.
Rebellion Pitcher Haylie Wagner continued her success in the circle by retiring the Bandits in the seventh, with help of a game-ending 6-4-3 double play, to pick up the win and get within 5 games of the Bandits for a playoff spot.
For the game-winning RBI single, a pair of walks, and a run scored Stacey Porter earned Powerhandz Player of the Game honors.
The Rebellion (14-26) and the Bandits (19-22) will meet again tomorrow right here in Washington, PA. You can catch all the action starting at 2:05pm from Consol Energy Park or on NPFTV on profastpitch.com.
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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 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 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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