Megan Blank and Andrea Duran Courtesy of Nation Pro Fastpitch
Kissimmee, FL. - July 15, 2015 - Chicago’s Monica Abbott tossed a one-hitter as the Bandits (22-9) shutout the USSSA Pride (21-8) 2-0 Wednesday night at Champion Stadium.
Chicago jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat on Vicky Galasso’s RBI single back through the middle, scoring Tammy Williams.
The Bandits added another run in the next frame as Brenna Moss reached on a two-base overthrow by the Pride third baseman and was singled home by Emily Allard two batters later.
Monica Abbott (W, 7-1) retired the first ten Pride batters of the game and 12 of the first 13 before surrendering Bridgette Del Ponte’s single to lead of fifth inning. She struck out 9 hitters over seven frames, lowering her ERA to .55 in the process.
The Pride’s Chelsea Thomas (L, 4-2) also went the distance in the circle, allowing the pair of unearned runs on four hits while racking up five strikeouts.
The final game of the four game series between the Pride and Bandits will take place tomorrow, Thurs. July 16, at Champion Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
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.