Tammy Williams Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. - July 12, 2014 -The Bandits took an early 3-0 lead in the game and ended things with a 3-0 lead in the series following tonight’s victory over the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
Andrea Williamson got the call for the Bandits, facing off against the Rebellion’s Dallas Escobedo.
It was the Bandits who struck first this game as they took an early 1-0 lead off singles by Emily Allard and Megan Wiggins with the hit by Wiggins plating Allard. Tammy Williams extended the lead in the next at bat as her RBI single cleared the bases for Chicago, giving the Bandits a three run lead heading to the second.
Brittany Cervantes looked like she might take the lead as the top home run hitter in the league with her towering fly ball to left in the third, but it was just shy good, enough for a sac-fly to score Wiggins, extending the Bandits lead to 4-0.
The Rebellion would get on the board in the top of the fourth as Lauren Lappin, on base after a Bandits’ error, crossed home on a pass ball to cut the Bandits lead to three. A Jennifer Salling sac fly later in the inning plated Bianca Mejia who walked to get on base making it a two run ball game.
Pennsylvania’s offense kept the heat on in the fifth as Briana Hamilton cut the Bandits lead to just one with her towering solo home run over the wall in center.
The Bandits got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Danielle Zymkowitz successfully completed a suicide squeeze on a sac bunt fielder’s choice by Williams to take a 5-3 lead.
Sarah Pauly entered the circle in relief of Escobedo while Amber Patton started things off in the sixth with a double to the left field wall, coming around to score on a single by Zymkowitz, extending the Bandits lead to 6-3, heading to the seventh.
A pitching change for the Bandits in the seventh brought Kirsten Verdun to finish things off.
Samantha Garcia started out the inning with a triple, while Mejia got on base after getting hit by a pitch. Following that play, another pitching change brought Monica Abbott to the circle. She got Courtney Liddle to fly out to second base, securing the 6-3 victory and giving the Bandits a 3-0 series lead.
Williamson picked up her second win in a row allowing three runs on five hits, including six strikeouts while Escobedo suffered the loss. In her five inning outs, she allowed five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
The Bandits will go for the sweep tomorrow, Sunday, July 13 with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. EDT/3:05 p.m. CDT.
Briana Hamilton’s home run in the fifth was the first of her professional career.
Records: Bandits (16-9), Rebellion (5-20)
Next Bandits Game: Sunday, July 13 at 4:05 p.m. EDT/3:05 p.m. CDT vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion at 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.