Brittany Cervantes Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – June 30, 2015 – Aside from a two-run line shot to the right field bleachers off the bat of Brittany Cervantes, USSSA Pride ace Cat Osterman was unhittable Tuesday night. Osterman, in her eighth year in the NPF, tossed a complete game one-hitter against the Bandits and fanned 10 batters. The dinger by Cervantes (1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI) was the only offense the Bandits would muster all night as the Pride took game two 3-2 and guaranteed themselves no less than a series split.
“We know (Osterman) is a phenomenal pitcher,” Cervantes said. “We’re going to face her later (in the season) so the earlier we can get to her the more we feel comfortable in the long run.”
The Pride drew first blood when they got to Bandits starter Lacey Waldrop in the opening inning. After a leadoff walk to Natasha Watley (1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R), former Bandit Megan Wiggins (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI) sprayed one to the right-center gap for an RBI-triple. Just like that, the Pride took an early advantage. Bridgette Del Ponte shot an RBI-single to left later in the inning to make it 2-0.
Cervantes’ two-run shot in the fourth on a screwball that tailed outside tied the game. She said she was just lucky to even make contact against Osterman.
“The fact that I can make contact against (Osterman) is a statement in and of itself,” Cervantes said.
However, the Pride responded in the fifth on a rally again started via a leadoff walk to Watley. She came around to score on a one-out single up the middle by Wiggins.
That was all the support that Osterman needed as she went the distance and did not allow a hit the rest of the way. She overmatched some of the Bandits younger hitters and kept them off-balance with a nice mix of pitches. Lacey Waldrop pitched well for the Bandits, but was settled with the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season. Osterman improved to 5-1 on the season.
The Bandits will try to salvage the series by winning games three and four to earn a split. Game three between the NPF rivals is tomorrow night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. CT.
“We’ll get it together,” Cervantes said. “I’m not worried at all.”
Tickets for tomorrow night’s game and all remaining home games of the 2015 season are on sale now. Visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348 to order.
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.