Michelle Gascoigne Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch


The Woodlands, TX (June 22, 2016) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs faced the Bandits for the second game of the series.

The Bandits jumped on the board first with a single from Brittany Cervantes, followed by a double from Taylor Edwards to move Cervantes to third. Natalie Hernandez cleared the bases with a double to left center to score two runs for the Bandits (2-0).

The Dawgs answered back in the first inning, with Britt Vonk’s triple to left center field and Emilee Koerner’s sac fly to left to bring in Vonk (2-1).  Meagan May Whitley led the second inning off with a walk and Amanda Fama dropped a bunt that resulted in an error from the Bandits defense, and both Dawgs advanced on the bases. Kiki Stokes hit a shot that tipped off the glove of Michelle Gascoigne to tie the game (2-2).

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dawgs took the lead with an RBI single from Nerissa Myers to score Vonk from second (2-3). Shelby Turnier entered the circle for Gascoigne, but Christian Stokes was not fazed and hit a shot to center field to bring in another run for the Dawgs (2-4).

Ellen Renfroe Reed had two strikeouts and held the Bandits for five innings. Sister Ivy Renfroe entered in relief, but the Bandits tied the game in the top of the sixth with a single from Zymkowitz and a hit by pitch to Megan Blank to score Carosone from third (4-4). A wild pitch scored one more run and Sammy Marshall brought in two more runs for the Bandits (7-4). The Dawgs then entered Sara Driesenga to finish the inning.

The Dawgs struggled to make the comeback and fell to the Bandits (8-4). The Dawgs will face the Bandits tomorrow for the final game of the series at 7:30pm at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex.

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.

What’s New with the Scrap Yard Dawgs?
Tickets are now on sale for all Scrap Yard Dawgs 2016 home games at www.ScrapYardDawgs.com. The Dawgs have also opened their online store and apparel can now be purchased by all Dawgs fans!

Follow the Dawgs!
Follow the Scrap Yard Dawgs on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings of the newest team in the NPF. The complete Dawgs game schedule and event tickets can be found at http://www.scrapyarddawgs.com.

About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About National Pro Fastpitch (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.

Note to Media
Photos and b-roll of players is available.  Interviews with the league commissioner are welcomed, and top players from each team are accessible immediately.  If you’re interested in pursuing story angles about professional softball for women, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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