ROSEMONT, IL (June 17, 2016) – The Bandits comeback attempt fell one run short on Friday night against the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont as they dropped the opener of the three-game series 6-5.
After winning both games in Akron earlier in the week, a three-RBI double from draftee Emily Carosone was not enough as Kelley Montalvo (1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI) helped power the Racers to the win.
Carosone’s sixth inning double marked the first hit of her professional career and brought the Bandits (7-5) to within a run, but Chicago was unable to push the tying run across the plate.
“I was excited, just trying to keep my team in the game,” Carosone said. “I was focused on seeing the middle and bottom half of that ball so it would carry. I was trying to see ball, hit ball. Keeping it simple.”
The 6-5 lead for the Racers would hold through the last inning, but Carosone – who signed with the Bandits on Wednesday after four years at Auburn – said she enjoys being on a team that is resilient.
“Auburn was just like that, as long as we have an out to play with, we’re going to keep going,” she said. “Keep pushing on runners and trying to get on base and score runs for our pitchers.”
Scoring started quickly for both teams as the Racers (6-4) put up three runs in their half of the first inning. Two of the runs scored on groundouts and Racers designated player Alex Hugo (2-for-3, RBI, R, HBP, K) brought home a run with an RBI-single.
The Bandits answered right back with a pair of runs of their own. After back-to-back singles from the first two batters, catcher Taylor Edwards (1-for-1, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB) hit a two-RBI triple to straightaway center field. In three games against Akron this season, she is 4-for-8 with two home runs, one double, one triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Akron responded with two more runs in the fourth with an aggressive mentality at the plate. Third baseman Kelley Montalvo (1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI) had an-RBI double to center field and first baseman Sandra Simmons added an RBI-single, both on the first pitches of their at bats.
Carosone said the team needed to capitalize on opportunities with runners in scoring position. The Bandits left 12 runners stranded in the game, including Carosone three times.
Bandits pitcher Shelby Turnier came in to relieve Lacey Waldrop (L, 3-1) who started the game. After collecting her first career victory during the Bandits’ five-game road trip, Turnier finished with 2.2 innings pitched, allowing no hits and striking out three.
The teams play game two of the series Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 p.m. The team’s ceremony celebrating the 2015 NPF Championship is scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday’s game 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 995
• Emily Allard did not play after leaving Tuesday’s win against the Racers with an injury.
• Emily Carosone made her NPF debut after signing with the team on Wednesday.
• Next Bandits Game: Saturday, June 18, 2016 vs. Akron Racers at 7:35 p.m. CST at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
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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