Emily Allard Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – August 14, 2014 - A wild pitch and throwing error by the Akron Racers, allowed the game winning run to cross home for the Chicago Bandits as they took game two of the series, 2-1.
Monica Abbott got the call in the circle for the Bandits, her fourth appearance in six days, while Rachele Fico entered the circle for the Racers.
It was the Racers who got on the board first tonight, off a Charlotte Morgan RBI single in the third inning, also their first run of the series.
The Bandits responded back in the bottom of the inning. With Megan Wiggins and Amber Patton on base, Tammy Williams singled to score Patton and tie things up at one a piece.
An Emily Allard single in the first, put her on base. Stealing second, to put a runner in scoring position, a Racers wild pitch allowed her to advance to third while a Racers throwing error allowed her to cross home plate for the game winning run.
Monica Abbott shut down the Racers in their final half inning, recording 10 strikeouts in her seven innings pitched. She allowed just one run on five hits for her 10th win of the season.
In her six innings pitched, Fico allowed just one earned run on eight hits, while walking four.
The teams return to action on Saturday, August 16 with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 p.m. CT.
Tickets are still available for the game, as the Bandits will celebrate Cancer Awareness Night with special lavender jerseys which will be available via a blind silent auction throughout the game. Visit www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-722-6348 to purchase tickets.
With the Pride winning their game against the Rebellion, the Bandits still remain 1.5 games behind them for first place in the league.
Next Bandits Game: Saturday, August 16 vs. Akron Racers at 7:35 p.m. 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.