July 27, 2014 CONSOL Energy Park Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA – July 27, 2014 - In a game that began roughly an hour after the scheduled start time due to rain and was delayed twice more, the Pennsylvania Rebellion’s late-inning comeback fell short as the home team suffered a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Bandits Sunday at CONSOL Energy Park.
Rebellion pitcher Dallas Escobedo took the loss as she allowed six runs in seven innings, walked two and struck out one. Bandits pitcher Andrea Williamson earned the win as the University of Marshall graduate threw her first complete game of the season allowing one earned run in 119 pitches.
Once the game got underway, the Bandits and the Rebellion traded scores in the second as the Bandits jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice-fly by Amber Patton to score pinch runner Alex Booker. Pennsylvania tied the game at one with a leadoff solo home run by Mandy Ogle, her third of the season.
A ten-minute rain delay due to a downpour in the top of the fifth did not disrupt the swing of Bandits designated player Alisa Goler as play resumed. Goler, took a 3-1 pitch to right field for her first home run of the season, a solo shot off Escobedo to put the Bandits in front 2-1.
The Bandits pushed across four more scores in the top of the seventh with bases loaded as Escobedo walked in the first run of the seventh to give the visitors a 3-1 edge. A three-run knock by the Bandits catcher Kristen Butler proved to be the game-winning hit bringing home Megan Wiggins, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams, 6-1.
Down by five, the Rebellion showed some life in the seventh inning and took a shot at coming back after a two-run homer by first baseman Briana Hamilton made the score 6-3. Left fielder Brittney Lindley’s sixth double of the season, an RBI two-bagger, cut the deficit to 6-4, but that’s all Rebellion could muster as their comeback attempt fell just short.
The Rebellion and the Bandits return to action tomorrow, July 28 at 7:05 p.m. EDT, for a nationally televised game five. For tickets and/or group packages, contact the CONSOL Energy Park Box Office at 724.250.7412. For the fans listening at home, all of the action can be heard online at www.msasports.net/broadcasts.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson 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. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
About Pennsylvania 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 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.