Tammy Williams Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – August 16, 2014 - The Akron Racers offense came alive in game three Saturday night as they defeated the Bandits 8-1, after scoring just one run in the previous two games.
It looked like the Bandits offense would be on track to shut down the Racers once again, as they took an early 1-0 lead off an RBI double by Tammy Williams that scored Amber Patton.
That lead wouldn’t last long as the Racers scored twice in the third. Ayumi Karino tied the game with an RBI single that brought home Kelly Montalvo, while Charlotte Morgan’s RBI single gave them the 2-1 lead.
Akron put the game out of reach in the fifth, adding two more runs as Morgan recorded her second RBI of the night, which was followed by Jessica Garcia sacrifice bunt to score Nerissa Myers.
Four more Akron runs crossed home in the final two innings of the game, putting them up by seven runs and the game out of reach for the Bandits. Myers singled in the sixth to plate Ashley Thomas while Karino stole home to make it a 6-1 game.
A Haley Outon single allowed Taylor Schlopy to advance home with Karino’s RBI single putting the Racers up 8-1 in the seventh.
Down to their final three outs, the Bandits were unable to muster any offense, falling to the Racers for the first time since July 5.
Rookie Sara Moulton opened the game for the Bandits in the circle but lasted just two innings before being relieved by Andi Williamson in the third. Five different Bandits pitchers saw time in the circle, including Estela Pinon, Kirsten Verdun and Ellen Renfroe but it was Williamson who suffered the loss giving up two runs on two hits in her one inning of work.
Allison Owed picked up the win for the Racers in her complete game outing, allowing just one run on four hits.
The regular season finale for both teams will take place tomorrow, Sunday, August 17 at the Ballpark at Rosemont with first pitch set for 3:05 p.m. CT as the Bandits look to finish out the season with a win.
Tonight’s attendance was 1,658
The Bandits celebrated Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark, with the team wearing special lavender jerseys which were auctioned off throughout the game via a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefited various cancer charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bear Necessities and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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.