Amber Patton Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill.- June 21, 2015 – On a beautiful Father’s Day afternoon at the Ballpark, Kirsten Verdun and the Chicago Bandits shutout the Dallas Charge 2-0 in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Verdun pitched a complete game shutout allowing just three hits. She also struck out three Charge batters to improve her season record to 2-0.
Jolene Henderson, the first player signed in Dallas Charge history, was in the circle for the Charge, eventually taking the loss.
“If she got someone on base then she would either get a popup or strikeout the next out or a ground ball for a double play. That’s all we want if she puts someone on like that”, Taylor Edwards said of her battery mate.
Taylor Edwards hit a game winning single in the first inning to score Emily Allard and give the Bandits a 1-0 lead. Allard slapped a double to left to start the inning and advanced to third on a Tammy Williams flyout.
“I just got lucky,” Edwards said about her first inning hit. “I got my hands inside and a jam shot up the middle.”
Chicago added an insurance run on a Danielle Zymkowitz bloop single in the sixth to score Amber Patton. Patton reached first on an error by Dallas shortstop Renada Davis. Zymkowitz finished the game 2 for 3 with two singles and an RBI.
Fans who attended today’s contest can bring their ticket stub to the box office and redeem them for tickets to either the Monday, July 22 or Tuesday, July 23 game. Both will start at 7:05 p.m. against the Dallas Charge.
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 Tammy Williams. 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.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 names 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 and has been since 2002.