Pitcher Bryana Walker PA Rebellion - CONSOL ENERGY PARK
WASHINGTON, PA - May 31, 2015 - The Pennsylvania Rebellion found themselves in another double-dose of NPF action on Sunday, May 31 at CONSOL Energy Park. At the end of the night, the Rebellion suffered a 12-4 loss in game one to the Chicago Bandits and a heartbreaker of a 2-1 loss in game two against the Akron Racers.
The Chicago Bandits (3-0) jumped out to an early lead in the first contest of the day, scoring five runs in the first inning. A single and stolen base by Chicago’s Brenna Moss set up the first scoring chance for the Bandits. A wild pitch from Bryana Walker would score the first run, followed by an RBI double by Brittany Cervantes. The Bandits increased their lead by three, walking in a run and scoring two from an RBI double by Emily Allard.
The Rebellion (1-4) scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first with RBI’s from first baseman Briana Hamilton and shortstop Whitney Arion. Chicago regained their five run lead in their next at bat making the score 7-2. After two more runs by the Bandits in the third, the two teams would trade runs in the sixth. A final run in the seventh knotted the score 12-4 in favor of the Bandits.
Game two would pit the Rebellion against the Akron Racers (1-1). The Racers threatened to take the lead early on in the second, but third baseman Lara Andrews showed off some heads up fielding with an impressive unassisted double play to save a run and end the inning. Center fielder Courtney Senas made a diving catch in the top of the third to prevent a run from scoring as well, continuing her defensive dominance in the outfield.
The Rebellion took the lead in the bottom of the third when catcher Mandy Ogle drove in Senas to give the Rebellion a 1-0 lead. The lead would stand until the Racer’s Ashley Thomas would hit a solo home run to left field that would tie the game at 1-1 and force the first extra-innings game of the Rebellion’s season.
A Haley Outon home run in the top of the eighth proved to be the deciding factor in game two, as PA was unable to overcome the extra-innings deficit.
The Rebellion will take Monday and Tuesday off before travelling to Dallas to take on the newly formed franchise, the Dallas Charge. First pitch from McKinney, TX is scheduled for 8 pm ET. Fans can listen to all of the away action for the Rebellion at www.msasports.net/broadcasts.
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.