ROSEMONT, Ill.—After winning the series against the Carolina Diamonds three games to one, the Bandits returned home Tuesday night looking to continue their success against the Akron Racers.
In the top of the first, Monica Abbott walked leadoff hitter Sharonda McDonald but was able to escape the inning without a run after striking out Sam Marder and Briana Hesson. In the bottom of the inning, Racers pitcher Jen Mineau walked Amber Patton, Alisa Goler, and Megan Wiggins, but quickly struck out the next two batters to end the inning without a run scored.
Amanda Williams started off the Bandits’ hitting in the bottom of the second with a single to right, and she moved to third on an infield single by Vicky Galindo. Tammy Williams stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run single up the middle, scoring Amanda Williams and Galindo. After a walk to Patton, Alisa Goler stepped up and hit a double to the left field gap, moving Patton to third. However, the Racers were able to get out of the inning, leaving the score at 2-0 Bandits.
Monica Abbott continued to hold the Racers scoreless in the third inning. In the bottom of the third, Whitney Larsen hit her first double of the season, but a double play on a weak line drive by Amanda Williams ended the inning.
After Alisa Goler was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, the Racers brought in pitcher Hillary Bach to relieve Jen Mineau. Bach and the Racers ended the inning with the Bandits still leading by a score of 2-0.
Monica Abbott held the Racers hitless until the sixth inning when Sharonda McDonald got on base with a bunt single. Sam Marder followed with a double down the left field line, moving McDonald to third. With the Racers threatening to score, Abbott struck out first baseman Briana Hesson to end the inning.
The Bandits maintained their lead to defeat the Akron Racers by a score of 2-0. After winning their previous three games against the Carolina Diamonds, the Bandits winning streak reached four games with their win against Akron.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.