Taylor Edwards Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA – July 28, 2014 - Rookie Catcher Taylor Edwards drove in three runs, to carry the Pennsylvania Rebellion to victory over Monica Abbott, one of the league’s elite pitchers, and the Chicago Bandits 3-1 on Monday at CONSOL Energy Park.
Edwards, who collected three RBI’s on two hits, delivered the game-winning hit, a two-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth and defensively threw out two baserunners in the team’s eighth victory on the season.
A solo shot by Bandits center fielder Megan Wiggins gave the visitor a 1-0 lead off Rebellion starter Tatum Edwards but such lead was short-lived as reliever Angel Bunner shut down the Bandits offense for the rest of the contest. The Bandits mustered just one hit off of Bunner, who allowed no earned runs, and walked none during her 3 2/3 innings of work.
With bases full of the Bandits and one out in the top of the fourth, Bunner pitched her way out of a jam to set the stage for Edwards in the bottom half of the frame. Edwards drove a two and two pitch over the fence in left field to put the Rebellion ahead 2-1.
The Rebellion gained an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Edwards hit a clutch two-out RBI single to score pinch runner Ashley Carter, for a 3-1 score.
Abbott suffered the loss as she threw a complete game, allowed six hits, surrendered just three walks and struck out nine batters.
The Bandits and the Rebellion wrap up their six-game series Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game can be viewed live on the CBS Sports Network and in-game updates can be followed on Twitter @PARebellion.
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.