Brittany Cervantes Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Doubleheader Game 1
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 3, 2014 - It was a day of free softball at the Ballpark at Rosemont with a doubleheader already scheduled for the day while game one saw the Pride walk away with an extra inning victory to finish the series in a 2-2 tie.
Andrea Williamson got the call in the circle for the Bandits against the Pride’s Chelsea Thomas.
It was the Pride, who struck first as Kelly Kretschman recorded the game’s first hit, bringing Kristyn Sandberg to the plate. She would reach on an error allowing Kretschman to round home for the 1-0 lead. They Bandits defense would shut them down the rest of the inning, getting Amanda Kamekona to ground out to second base, as the Bandits came up to bat.
The Pride extended their lead in the fourth following back-to-back hits by Sandberg and GiOnna DiSalvatore, which brought Megan Willis up to bat. Her sac fly plated Sandberg, giving the Pride a two run lead over the Bandits. Natasha Watley’s single later in the inning, made it a three run game before the Madison Shipman would fly out to left field, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth.
A pitching change in the fifth brought Estela Pinon into the circle, getting Willis to ground out to end the inning.
A three run fifth for the Bandits would tie the game as Brittany Cervantes added to her home run total, giving her 10 for the season with her lead off solo shot to the Party Deck in left field which cut the Pride lead to two runs. The Pride made a pitching change of their own in the fifth following a walk to Alisa Goler and a single by Cheyenne Coyle bringing Cat Osterman into the circle for her second appearance of the series. Megan Wiggins tripled to plate both base runners, as the Bandits tied things up at three.
Hitters on both teams were shut down by Pinon and Osterman as the game headed to extra innings, locked in a 3-3 tie.
The Bandits threatened in the eighth as Tammy Williams doubled later advancing to third, but a ground out by Amber Patton would end the inning.
Monica Abbott entered the circle in the ninth inning for the Bandits, going 1-2-3 against the Pride batters, but the Bandits offense continued to be shut down as well by Osterman.
International tie breaker rules (ITB) were put into effect to start the 10thinning putting Shipman at second for the Pride. They would take the lead off a Sandberg sac fly as the Bandits came to bat, down by one.
Alex Booker started at second as the Bandits ITB runner while Danielle Zymkowitz led off with a single, putting runners on the corners for Wiggins. The Bandits threatened throughout the inning, loading the bases twice but were unable to capitalize falling to the Pride, 4-3.
In her 4.2 innings pitched, Williamson gave up three runs on seven hits with one strikeout but it was Abbott who suffered the loss after allowing the winning run in the tenth.
Pride starter Chelsea Thomas lasted four innings, allowing three runs on four hits while Cat Osterman recorded the win, keeping the Bandits offense at bay, giving up just three runs with eight strikeouts.
Site: Ballpark at Rosemont, Ill
Score (Game One): Pride 4, Bandits 3
Records: Pride (28-11), Bandits (23-16)
Doubleheader Game 2
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 3, 2014 - With the Pride batting as the home team due to the makeup game that was rained out in Florida, they once again took an early 1-0 lead off a Madison Shipman single that scored pinch runner Brejae Washington.
The Bandits capitalized on a Pride error and used their hot hitters to take a 3-1 lead in the second. With the bases loaded, Megan Wiggins singled to score two while Emily Allard followed that up with an RBI single of her own to put the Bandits up by two.
The Pride threatened in their half of the second, loading the bases with no outs, but the Bandits defense was able to shut them down with no damage done.
Brittany Cervantes’ second home run of the day in the third, a two run shot to center scored pinch runner Natalie Hernandez, extending the Bandits led to 5-1.
Keilani Ricketts entered the circle in to start the fourth for the Pride, while the Bandits made a pitching change of their own to start the fifth, bringing Kirsten Verdun into the circle.
The Pride cut the lead to three runs, as a Bandits error allowed Alexa Peterson to cross home plate, after drawing a walk earlier in the inning but Verdun struck out Sandberg to end the inning with no further damage.
Olivia Galati entered the circle for the Pride in the sixth, while Wiggins led off the sixth with a double, advancing to third on an Emily Allard ground out eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch to put the Bandits up 6-2. The Bandits offense kept the heat on throughout the inning, loading the bases off a single and two walks, but they were unable to capitalize.
Three straight hits in the seventh by Wiggins, Allard and Tammy Williams gave the Bandits their seventh run in as many innings as Wiggins crossed home off Williams’ RBI single.
The Pride weren’t going to go down quietly as they loaded the bases against Verdun, bringing Sara Moulton into the circle to try and finish out the game. Two straight walks and a single by Sandberg cut the Bandits lead to just two runs before Estela Pinon stepped in to pitch for her second appearance of the day.
Pinon got DiSalvatore and Willis to pop up as the Pride found themselves down to their final out. A Jessica Shults strikeout secured the 7-5 victory for the Bandits.
Renfroe picked up the win in her four innings outing that saw her give up one run on four hits with three strikeouts, while Pinon recorded the save in her one inning of work.
Pride starter Jordan Taylor suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings pitched.
The Bandits return to action on Friday, August 8 as they travel to Washington, PA to take on the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
Tickets for the final home stand of the 2014 season against Akron are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Brittany Cervantes continues to lead the NPF as the top home run hitter after her two home runs today. She now has 11 on the season.
With one win and one loss on the day, the Bandits drop the season series against the Pride, going 7-9.
Today’s attendance was 1,223.
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Site: Ballpark at Rosemont, Ill
Score (Game Two): Pride 5, Bandits 7
Records: Pride (28-12), Bandits (24-16)
Next Pride Game: Thursday, August 7 at 7:05 PM ET vs AKRON RACERS at Firestone Stadium in Akron, OH
Next Bandits Game: Friday, August 8 at 6:05 PM CT vs Pennsylvania Rebellion at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA
About USSSA Florida Pride
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
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 National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 names 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 and has been since 2002.