Kristen Butler Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Rosemont, Ill - July 10, 2014 - Kristen Butler’s hot hitting streak continued as her first inning two run homer turned out to be the game winner for the Bandits, taking game one of the series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion, 2-1.
Despite the first inning home run, the game turned out to be pitcher duel between starters Monica Abbott and the Rebellion’s Sarah Pauly.
The Rebellion had an opportunity to open the scoring first as they loaded the bases in the top of the first, but the Bandits were able to get out of the jam.
Butler made the Bandits pay in the bottom of the inning with her two run shot that was her second in as many games.
The Rebellion’s only run of the game came in the third off a Bianca Mejia RBI that plated Brittney Lindley, who tripled earlier in the inning, cutting the lead in half, but that was the only offense either team would muster.
Abbott picked up her fourth win of the season, holding the Rebellion to just two hits and one run while striking out nine in her complete game outing.
Pauly was equally as impressive despite suffering the loss, giving up just two runs on four hits including four strikeouts.
The attendance for today’s game was 1,302
Abbott’s ERA is now a 1.18 and leads the Bandits with 54 strikeouts
In her last five games, Butler has three homeruns and nine RBIs
The Bandits lead the league 29 homeruns on the season
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday, July 11 vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion at the Ballpark in Rosemont, Ill at 8:35 p.m. EDT/ 7:35 p.m. CDT.
About the PA Rebellion
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty, fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball.
About Chicago Bandits
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 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.