Michelle Gascoigne Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Rosemont, IL - July 4, 2014 - The Bandits were firing on all cylinders in today’s Fourth of July matinee as they beat the Racers 7-2 and extend their winning streak to four games. Today’s win was the Bandits second win in as many games against the Racers.
Michelle Gascoigne shut down the Racers allowing just two runs on five hits in the complete game outing. She recorded seven strikeouts in her third win of the season.
Rachele Fico got the call in the circle for the Racers, but was replaced in the third after giving up four straight runs. She pitched 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and suffered the loss.
Wiggins opened the scoring in the first with a sac fly that plated Emily Allard.
Tied at one run a piece entering the bottom of the third the Bandits scored four runs in a row to go up 5-1 off RBIs by Danielle Zymkowitz, Megan Wiggins, Kristen Butler and Brittany Cervantes.
Kaitlin Inglesby came on in relief of Fico in the third to finish out the game, but the Bandits offense wasn’t done yet. Kristen Butler hit her fourth home run of the season to give the Bandits a six run lead, recording her third RBI of the game.
Nerissa Myers scored both runs for the Racers, getting the first on an inside the park home run in the third inning while the second run came off a Bandits error in the sixth
The Bandits look to make it five in a row tomorrow as the series continues at the Ballpark at Rosemont. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
* Emily Allard went 3-4 at the plate, including a triple and scored three runs.
* Nerissa Myers had two of the three Akron hits and scored both runs.
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
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 is headquarted 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 name 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.