ROSEMONT, Ill. - July 18, 2013 – The Chicago Bandits improved their record to 18-6 with a 1-0 victory over the Akron Racers (10-15). Monica Abbott (10-1) and Rachele Fico (2-3) faced off in the circle, both pitching complete games. Abbott led the way with eight strikeouts to extend the Bandits’ first place lead to 1.5 games over the USSSA Pride.
The Racers started the game with a single by Taylor Schlopy but she was left stranded as the Bandits ended the inning with a putout by shortstop Tammy Williams to Alisa Goler.
Chicago put together three hits in the second, led off by Alisa Goler and Tammy Williams back-to-back singles. Amber Patton’s bunt advanced the runners and Vicky Galindo picked up her tenth RBI of the season after beating out the throw at first and scoring the first Bandit run.
Megan Wiggins led off the third with a line drive single and Racers’ starting pitcher, Fico gave up her first walk of the game sending Alisa Goler to base but the two were left stranded to end the inning.
The bottom of the fourth saw singles by both Kimi Pohlman and Kazuki Watanabe; however, Wiggins was unable to convert the 3-2 count to bring home the runners, maintaining the Bandits’ one-run lead.
Back-to-back singles by Taylor Schlopy and Kelley Montalvo put a pair of Racers on in the sixth but the Bandits escaped the inning unscathed as a couple of nice defensive plays ended the inning.
The Racers put the tying run on in the top of the seventh when Ayumi Karino singled and advanced on an error. However, Abbott shut out the Racers tossing two more strikeouts to end the game, bringing her game total to eight. She now ranks first in the league with 10 wins and an ERA of 0.40, tossing 111 strikeouts.
Chicago and Akron return to the Ballpark at Rosemont tomorrow, Friday, July 19 for a 7:35 p.m. CDT start. Purchase tickets by calling the Bandits office at (877) 722-6348 or visit the team’s website at www.chicagobandits.com/tickets/singlegame.
- Attendance: 1,110
- Monica Abbott recorded her tenth win
- Vicky Galindo hit her tenth RBI
- Abbott ranks first in the league with 10 wins and an ERA of 0.40 while tossing 111 strikeouts.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level. The roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
About National Pro Fastpitch
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.