Andi Williamson Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch (2014)
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 6, 2014 - Kristen Butler’s four RBI outing helped propel the Bandits past the Akron Racers as they won the series finale 14-2 on Sunday at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
Andi Williamson got the start for the Bandits for the second time this series, facing off against Akron’s Rachele Fico.
Akron took an early lead for the second game in a row as Nerissa Myers scored on a pass ball in the top of the first, but the Bandits got tied things up in their half of the inning off an RBI single by Butler to plate Emily Allard.
The Bandits bats came out swinging to start the third and fourth innings as they scored six straight runs to put the game out of reach for the Racers, who fell behind 7-1 following a Kristen Butler home run in the fourth.
The winning run came on a costly error in the third by Akron outfielder, Jennifer Gilbert, which allowed two Bandits’ runs to cross the plate to take a 3-1 lead.
Hannah Campbell came in to replace Fico in the fourth but did not fair much better than Fico with six different Bandits players recording RBIs over the two innings.
Akron’s only other run of the game came off a Jessica Garcia solo home run in the top of the fifth
The Bandits added seven more runs between the fifth and sixth innings with two of them coming off pinch hitting homer by Jenna Grim.
Williamson shut down the Akron offense, giving up two runs on two hits over her six innings of work to pick up her first win of the 2014 season.
Fico took the loss, giving up seven runs on five hits in her 3.2 innings of work.
The Bandits return to action next Thursday when the Pennsylvania Rebellion make their first and only trip to the Ballpark at Rosemont this season.
Tickets for the series are now available and can be purchased by calling 877-722-6348 or by visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
* The 14 runs scored today were the most by the Bandits this season.
* Butler went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Tammy Williams recorded 3 RBIs to combine for seven of the Bandits 14 runs.
* Andi Williamson is now 1-1 on the season.
* The Bandits won the series 3-1.
* #TEAMAG35 – Alisa Goler hit an RBI double, which means an additional $5 will be added to her donation total for the Ovarian National Cancer Alliance.
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.