Samie Garcia Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA – May 30, 2015 - On Saturday, May 30, the Pennsylvania Rebellion split their double header with the visiting Akron Racers and Chicago Bandits. The Rebellion earned their first win of the season in game one over the Racers by a score of 6-3. In the second game, the Rebellion suffered their second loss of the season to the Bandits 5-0.
In the first game of the Saturday-evening festivities, the Rebellion scored five runs in the fifth inning and never relinquished their lead as they cruised to their game one victory. The first run was scored by pinch runner Ashley Carter. Center fielder Courtney Senas and right fielder Samie Garcia also crossed the plate. Right fielder Alexa Peterson capped off the impressive inning by hitting a two-run double that drove in catcher Mandy Ogle and shortstop Olivia Watkins.
In the sixth, Akron threatened with three runs on a two-run triple by right fielder Jennifer Gilbert and a one-run single by the left fielder Shellie Robinson but their attack was halted by the Rebellion’s stout defense. Pennsylvania collected one final security run in the latter half of the inning courtesy of Garcia’s second RBI of the game.
Pitcher Allyson Fournier, who was signed one day prior to today’s games, came in relief and earned her first NPF-career win. The Tufts University graduate did not allow a run and recorded two strikeouts. Angel Bunner picked up her first save of the season as well.
In game two, the Rebellion fell behind after the Bandits plated four runs in the third inning off the bats of left fielder Brenna Moss and shortstop Tammy Williams. During the fourth inning, the designated player, Kirsten Verdun, doubled to right center and that allowed right fielder RT Cantillo to score one more run.
Solid defensive plays, including a number of web gem-worthy stops by Senas in center field, kept Chicago’s bats at bay for the remainder of the contest. Unfortunately, the Rebellion were unable to create a rally of their own, however, giving Chicago their second win of the weekend series.
The Rebellion will get yet another chance to best the Bandits, as well as the Racers. First pitch is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, May 31, at 2:35 PM.
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 14th season of play in 2015.
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, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
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.
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.