Danielle Zymkowitz Homerun Celebration Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 5, 2015 – The Chicago Bandits came up with a four run fifth inning rally to defeat the Rebellion 6-3 in a partial doubleheader Sunday. Brittany Cervantes hit the game winning home run, her sixth of the season, to the flagpoles in center to score Amber Patton and Tammy Williams to conclude the Bandits comeback victory.
“I actually had never seen that pitcher before,” Cervantes (1-2, 3 RBIs) said of her home run off Emily Weiman. “Z actually talked to me before. She just told me to look for a pitch and I got it.”
A.J. Andrews started the “Fifth Inning Bandit Inning” rally with a walk and stole second to get into scoring position. Patton then singled to move Andrews to third. Williams (1-3, RBI) tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI single to right to score Andrews.
“I swear every time we do it, it works,” Cervantes said. “We needed a rally, we needed to help out our pitcher and just get some offense going. Tammy came up with that clutch hit to tie the game up. Once we got that one hit we are able to rally with that.”
Sara Moulton (4 Hs, 2 Ks, 3 ER) started for the Bandits but was relieved by Lacey Waldrop in the third. Emma Johnson took the circle for the Rebellion.
Danielle Zymkowitz (2-3, 2 RBIs) blasted her first home run of the season to right center in the bottom of the second to give the Bandits an early 1-0.
Goler tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth with a solo shot of her own. Moulton then walked Alexa Peterson and gave up back-to-back hits to Kristyn Sandberg and Sarah Prezioso. Prezioso doubled in Peterson to force a pitching change with one out. Waldrop came on to relieve Moulton and gave up an RBI double to Courtney Senas but was bailed out of the inning by a diving catch double play by Patton. Patton charged the popped up bunt by Samie Garcia and quickly threw to Williams at third to double up Senas.
Zymkowitz cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth with a single to center to score Patton who led off the inning with a walk.
Waldrop picked up the win, allowing two hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief.
“They all complement each other so I think that works in our favor,” Cervantes said about the pitching staff. “I just love their mentality. They always want the ball.”
The Bandits and Rebellion return to action tomorrow night for 7:05 p.m. CT game, which will be nationally televised, on CBS Sports Network. Tickets for tomorrow night’s game and the remainder of the Bandits 2015 season are on sale now at www.chicagobandits.com
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.