The Ballpark at Rosemont Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 5, 2015 – The Bandits defeated the Rebellion 7-6 to settle their halted June 9 contest prior to the 3:05 p.m. regular scheduled game in a partial doubleheader on Sunday.
The June 9 game was previously ruled a Bandits 7-3 victory in extra innings but the Rebellion protested that loss in the 11th inning after the international tiebreaker rule wasn’t followed in the previous inning. The rule states that in the top of the 10th inning of a tied ballgame each team must begin the inning with a runner placed at second base. The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) reviewed the game after the protest and decided to resume the game in the 10th inning tied 3-3 on Sunday in accordance with the rule.
The Bandits (away team on June 9) started Sunday’s game with Danielle Zymkowitz as their runner on second. Rebellion pitcher Dallas Escobedo loaded the bases after she hit Taylor Edwards and walked Brittany Cervantes. Amber Patton emptied the base paths with a triple to the left field wall. Megan Blank scored Patton with a bunt single to give the Bandits a 7-3 lead.
“Tammy (Williams) actually said we wanted to score eight in that inning,” Cervantes said about the mindset entering the halted game. “We just wanted to be aggressive from the get-go. We knew we needed to come out and get that win.”
Tatum Edwards continued her relief stint in the circle for the Bandits in the bottom of the 10th where she picked up the win. Kristyn Sandberg started at second because of the international tiebreaker rule and would score on a wild pitch stolen base after Edwards filled the bases with a walk and a hit batter. Sarah Prezioso hit a two out single to center to cut the deficit to a run but Edwards caught a Samie Garcia lineout to end the game.
“It’s a big win and it’ll count down the road,” Cervantes said.
The Rebellion started the game on June 9 with three unanswered runs in the first two innings off Lacey Waldrop. Allyson Fournier started in the circle for Pennsylvania. The Bandits started that third inning with four straight hits. RBI singles by Tammy Williams and Natalie Hernandez cut the Rebellion lead to 3-2. Chicago tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning, when Taylor Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Williams.
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.