Tammy Williams Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – August 13, 2014 - It was the defense that won the game for the Chicago Bandits tonight as they shutout the Akron Racers 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Andrea Williamson started in the circle for the Bandits, against Lisa Norris for the Akron, but she was pulled after only two innings. Estela Pinon replaced Williamson for the third inning.
Holding on to a 1-0 lead in the third, after Amber Patton tagged up to score for the Bandits back in the first, the Racers loaded the bases with no outs in the inning. A line drive catch by Tammy Williams, who’s defense was phenomenal all game long, caught the runner at second who was tagged out and a quick throw over to first base completed the unbelievable 6-4-3 triple play to end the inning.
The Bandits found themselves in yet another bass loaded situation in the next inning. Williams flashed her glove, making a diving catch on a Kelley Montalvo line drive for the first out of the inning while Ashley Thomas was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice with relief pitcher Sara Moulton striking out the final Racers batter of the inning to send the game to the fifth.
The Bandits added their second and final run of the night in the fifth off a sac fly by Kristen Butler that scored Patton again.
Moulton, who replaced Pinon, was credited with the win. In her two innings pitched, she allowed just two hits with one strikeout. Kirsten Verdun came into the circle for the top of the seventh and was credited with the save.
Lisa Norris suffered the loss for the Racers, pitching all six innings. She gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
The action continues tomorrow, Thursday, August 14 as the Bandits face the Racers for game two at the Ballpark at Rosemont at 7:00 PM CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the box office at 877-722-6348 or by visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
Tomorrow’s game will once again be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
The Bandits used five pitchers, Andi Williamson, Estela Piñon, Sara Moulton, Ellen Renfroe and Kirsten Verdun.
Tonight’s attendance was 1,007
With the win tonight, the Bandits are now just 1.5 games out of first place behind the USSSA Pride.
Next Bandits Game: Thursday, August 14 vs. Akron Racers @ the Ballpark at Rosemont at 8:00 PM ET /7:00 PM CT
About Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
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.