Kristen Butler Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. - July 11, 2014 - Game two of the series started off much the same way as game one with a classic pitcher’s duel between the Bandits Michelle Gascoigne and the Rebellion’s Angel Bunner.
Neither starting pitcher gave up a run through the first three innings, each only allowing four hits.
Tammy Williams looked like she might take the lead as not only the Bandits top home run hitter, but the league’s as well with her towering fly ball to the right field wall in the top of the second but it landed just short of the fence, still good enough for a triple. However, the Rebellion was able to get themselves out of the inning unharmed still tied at zero as the game moved to the third.
The Bandits threatened in the bottom of the third loading the bases after Megan Wiggins was hit by a Bunner pitch but again the Rebellion were able to get themselves out of the inning as Kristen Butler grounded out to third.
It was Brittany Cervantes, Alisa Goler and Kaylyn Castillo who got things going again in the fourth as all three players singled, bringing Amber Patton to the plate. Her RBI single brought in the first run of the game for the Bandits as Cervantes crossed home to the put the Bandits up 1-0.
Pennsylvania grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth as Bianca Mejia blasted a two run shot to the Party Deck in left field. Those were the only runs the Bandits defense would allow as the game headed to the bottom of the fifth with the Rebellion down 2-1.
The Rebellion looked they might add three more runs in the sixth but RT Cantillo made a web gem worthy catch in right field to prevent them from increasing the lead.
Down to their final three outs in the bottom of the seventh, Emily Allard led the Bandits off with a single to left. Danielle Zymkowitz followed that up with a sac bunt of her own and was safe at first off a Rebellion error, bringing Megan Wiggins to the plate. Her double plated Allard to tie things up at two but Bandits hitter were unable to add any more offense as the game headed to extras.
Pitching changes for both teams brought Ellen Renfroe into the circle for the Bandits while the Rebellion called right hander, Anna Miller came on in relief for the Rebellion.
It was the Bandits who came out on top in the ninth as Megan Wiggins tripled to start the inning, eventually coming around to score the game winner on a walk-off sac fly by Kristen Butler as the Bandits took the extra inning game, 3-2.
Ellen Renfroe picked up the win tonight, not allowing any runs and just two hits in her two innings of relief while Miller suffered the loss. She gave up the game winning run, while allowing two hits in her 1.1 innings pitched.
The Bandits look to make it three in a row tomorrow, Saturday, July 12 against the Rebellion. First pitch is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT/7:35 p.m. CDT.
* Kristen Butler recorded the game winning RBI for the second night in a row with her sac-fly tonight.
* Bandits’ starter Michelle Gascoigne pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts picking up the no decision.
* Tonight’s attendance was 789.
Next Bandits Game: Saturday, July 12 vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion at 8:35 p.m. EDT/7:35 p.m. CDT at the Ballpark in Rosemont, Ill
About 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.