AKRON, Ohio: Stacy May and the Chicago Bandits capitalized late against the USSSA Pride for a 1-0 win in the first game of the 2009 NPF Championships at Firestone Stadium.
With a runner on in the bottom of the seventh inning, May delivered some much needed offense for the Bandits with a key double to the gap in right center, scoring pinch runner Aileen Morales from first for the win.
Jennie Finch worked tirelessly in the circle, earning the win for the Bandits with seven strong innings. In a game which saw just three hits surrendered, Finch allowed one base knock and struck out five on the day.
Pride starter Monica Abbott took the loss in 6.1 innings of work despite holding the Bandits to just a pair of hits and registering eight strikeouts.
Finch evaded danger in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a stellar defensive play by right fielder Nicole Trimboli. The Pride manufactured their first threat of the day when Amber Jackson crushed a would-be homer to right field but was robbed by Trimboli, who made the diving catch through the breakaway outfield fence to end the threat and inning.
The best of three series continues this evening as the Bandits and Pride face off again at 6:00 pm (EST) to determine which team moves on to the NPF Championship finals.
Tickets for the Championship series are available by calling the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or online at ticketreturn.com. Fans who can't come to Akron can WATCH LIVE through NPF's partnership with MLB.com.
Friday, August 21st:Gates open at 3:00 pm for the evening session Playoff Game #1 - 10:00 am: Bandits 1 vs. Pride 0 Playoff Game #2 - approx. 12:45 pm: Racers 1 vs. Thunder 0 Playoff Game #3 - 6:00 pm: Chicago Bandits vs. USSSA Pride (Home Team) Playoff game #4 - approx. 8:45 pm: Akron Racers vs. Rockford Thunder
Ticket Prices for Friday:
- Stadium Seating: $13 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating: $14 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- VIP Seating: $15 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session) Saturday, August 22nd: Playoff Game #5 - 1 pm: tie-breaker between the #1 and #4 seeds (if necessary) Playoff Game #6 - approx. 4 pm: tie-breaker between the #2 and #3 seeds (if necessary)
Tickets for ‘if necessary’ games will not go on sale until SATURDAY morning at 9:00 am with gates opening at 10:00 am.and will be priced accordingly:
$7/$13 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating (one game/two games)
$8/$14 - VIP Seating (one game/two games)
Tickets for the Championship games will be priced as follows for EACH game:
$8 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating
$9 - VIP Seating
A post-game trophy and championship MVP Award Presentation will follow upon conclusion of the championship game with the Cowles Cup being presented to the 2009 NPF Champion.
How to Watch
Fans unavailable to make the trip to Akron, Ohio to catch the Championship Series in person can tune in from home. All games will be streamed via profastpitch.com thanks to NPF’s partnership with MLB.com. Bernie Guenther will handle the play-by-play action. Live statistics will also be available via Gametracker. Go to the “Live-Games” page for Broadcast and Gametracker links and WATCH LIVE!
TICKETS To purchase tickets, call the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or go Ticket Return.com.