Amber Patton Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 13, 2014 – A costly Rebellion error in the tenth inning allowed the winning Bandits run to cross home, as the Chicago Bandits came from behind to beat the PA Rebellion 6-5 to sweep the series.
Amber Patton, who began the inning on second due to international tie breaker rules, crossed home plate for the winning run on a Briana Hamilton throwing error.
Sara Moulton started in the circle for the Bandits while Tatum Edwards got the call for the Rebellion.
Ellen Renfroe came on in relief of Moulton after three innings.
It was a pitcher’s duel once again through the first five innings but Taylor Edwards broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with a towering grand slam to the Party Deck in left field.
Angel Bunner came into the game to replace Tatum Edwards in the sixth.
Down 4-0 in the sixth, the Bandits began their comeback. Patton, Emily Allard and Danielle Zymkowitz all hit RBI singles with the bases loaded to cut the Rebellion lead to one.
Brittany Cervantes kept the Bandits alive with a two out homerun in the bottom of the 7th to even the score at four and send the game to extra innings.
Jennifer Salling’s 8th inning RBI single put the Rebellion up 5-4, but the Bandits once again tied things up with a Kristen Butler RBI single before Patton scored on the Rebellion error in the bottom of the tenth to take the game, 6-5.
The Bandits had multiple relief pitchers step into the game for the final three innings as Kirsten Verdun pitched 1.2, allowing one run on two hits, while Monica Abbott finished the final 2.1 innings not allowing any runs on one hit including six strikeouts.
Abbott was credited with the win while Bunner suffered the loss, giving up two runs on two hits with one strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
The Bandits hit the road for two weeks with series against the USSSA Pride and the Rebellion. They return to the Ballpark at Rosemont on Thursday, July 31 as they take on the USSSA Pride at 8:05 EDT/7:05 p.m. CDT.
Today’s attendance was 1,036.
Emily Allard was 4-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
With her two run homer in the seventh, Cervantes took sole possession as the home run leader in the NPF.
The Taylor Edwards grand slam was not only her first home run of the season, but the first grand slam this season at the Ballpark in Rosemont, Ill.
The defensive play of the game came in the 5th, as third baseman, Amber Patton, made a diving catch on a line drive.
Next Bandits Game: Saturday, July 19 at 7:05 p.m. EDT/6:05 p.m. CDT vs. Pride at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL
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.