Jennifer Gilbert Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch (2014)
Rosemont, Ill. – June 8, 2014 - After an offensive explosion, the Akron Racers snapped their four game losing streak against the Chicago Bandits with an 8-4 win Saturday night in Rosemont.
The scoring started early for both teams as Akron’s Taylor Schlopy got the first hit of the night in the form of a home run to deep left field. In the bottom half of the first the Bandits answered with an RBI single by Tammy Williams scoring Emily Allard.
Akron continued the scoring in the second inning adding another run, but the Bandits starter Ellen Renfroe pitched her way out of potential danger with a strike out to end the inning in a bases loaded situation.
Estela Pinon was brought on in relief of Renfroe to start the fourth inning. Renfroe matched her professional career high of three inning pitched. She gave up three earned runs on five hits while striking out three, taking the loss which drops her record to 1-2 on the season
Akron also made a pitching change in the fourth as lefty, Hannah Campbell came on in relief of starter Alison Owen. Campbell’s appearance in tonight’s game was her second against the Bandits in as many nights.
Campbell pitched back-to-back shut out innings for the Racers in the fourth and fifth before giving up her lone earned run in the bottom of the sixth inning. She left the game after giving up one earned run on four hits, while getting the win for the Racers.
The Racers added a pair of insurance runs in the top on the fifth inning on a two-run RBI double off the bat of Jen Gilbert, which proved to be the winning runs.
With bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the sixth, Bandits head coach Shane Winkler pulled Pinon after two innings of work to bring in Michelle Gascoigne. Gascoigne finished out the game for the Bandits giving up just two hits and no earned runs.
The Bandit bats finally started to come alive late in the game with three of their four runs coming in the last two innings. Alisa Goler and R.T. Cantillo each knocked in a run in the bottom of the sixth and Kristen Butler added a sac fly RBI in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little too late for the Bandits as they fell to the Racers, 8-4.
There were four errors in the game. Three on the Bandits (Williams, Renfroe, Coyle) and one on the Racers (Myers).
Eight of the nine Racers starters had a hit, including four players with two hits (Thomas, Schlopy, Watkins, Gilbert).
The Racers tallied 12 total hits in the game, while the Bandits had 8.
Jen Gilbert was the player of the game. Gilbert had two hits (both doubles), two RBIs and a run scored.
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.
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.