Sarah Pauly Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA – July 29, 2014 - Chicago pitcher Michelle Gascoigne threw seven innings of scoreless ball and Brittany Cervantes hit a sacrifice-fly in the top of the fifth, leading the Bandits to a 1-0 victory over Sarah Pauly and the Pennsylvania Rebellion on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Park.
In a primetime pitchers’ duel, Gascoigne dazzled in the circle as the second-year NPF veteran carried her team to their 21st victory of the season. The former seventh overall pick by the Bandits in 2013 allowed six hits, no earned runs and tallied three strikeouts. On the other side of the circle, Pauly held the Bandits to just one run on nine hits in the contest, striking out four and surrendering just one walk and one earned run.
Chicago scored the only run allowed in the game in the top of the fifth inning when outfielder Emily Allard crossed the plate on a game-winning sacrifice-fly delivered by Cervantes.
Despite the loss, the Rebellion had plenty of scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the first, shortstop Bianca Mejia, who doubled with two outs, was headed for home on a single by designated player Courtney Liddle. But, she was unfortunately gunned down by Chicago’s outfielder Allard to end the inning. Additionally, the Rebellion made noise in the bottom of the seventh with runners on the corners but were unable to score as centerfielder Samantha Garcia ended the game with a strikeout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHe7Gt9CiAE: Bianca Mejia broken bat double in the bottom of the first inning.
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.