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Rebellion Capitalize on Bandits Errors to Take 2-0 Series Lead

Vicky Galasso Home Run Celebration Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
 
ROSEMONT, Ill.- August 1, 2015 - The Bandits lost their second straight game to the Pennsylvania Rebellion 5-3 Saturday night. Miranda Kramer (W, 1-3) allowed three hits in four innings to pick up her first win of the season before Emily Weiman came on in relief with three hitless innings to pick up her third save.
 
Michelle Gascoigne (L, 4-5) went the distance for the Bandits in the circle allowing eight hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts. 
 
“Mesh has been our strong and steady all season,” catcher Vicky Galasso, said of her pitcher. “She always has a good outing. Tonight we didn’t back her up so that’s definitely on the offense. She’s someone that we’ll remain confident in when we put her in the circle. I know she’ll finish out the season quite well.”
 
Sarah Prezioso who tied the game yesterday with a solo shot in the seventh, hit her second of the series. Prezioso’s homer bounced off the top of the wall to clear the yard for the second straight game and give the Rebellion an early 1-0 lead in the second.
 
Olivia Watkins led off the third inning with a single and would come around to score the first of three runs for Pennsylvania. Haruna Sakamoto bunted to Gascoigne who threw wildly to the left of Tammy Williams at second. Sakamoto and Watkins advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Alexa Peterson batted them in with a single to center and stole second to move into scoring position for Alisa Goler. Goler got jammed by Gascoigne and hit a single to left to score Peterson.
 
Brittany Cervantes batted her seventh home run of the season to left in the bottom half of the third to put the Bandits on the board. 
 
The Rebellion increased their lead in the fourth to 5-1 on a Watkins RBI single. Brittney Lindley base hit to left to start the inning and stole second before Watkins batted her in with two outs. 
 
In the fourth Vicky Galasso hit a two run home run to right center, her third of season, to cut the Rebellion deficit to 5-3. 
 
“We obviously can’t rely on it like tonight,” Galasso said of the two home runs being the only runs. “We have a lot of work to do, it’s obvious, but I think everyone believes in our lineup right now and we are putting the ball in play, we are hitting it hard. It’s not always about the home runs, we never try to hit them.” 
 
The Bandits will look to pull out a win tomorrow to avert a sweep by the Rebellion and put this game in the rearview mirror. 
 
“I think we’ve just got to have good at-bats,” Galasso said about how the team bounces back from this loss. “We’ve just got to keep bringing it and not let anything get to us and just use our tools. Do everything very sharp on offense and executing our team softball will be key for us.”
 
Tickets for tomorrow’s matinee game and all remaining games for the 2015 season are on sale now at www.chicagobandits.com or by calling the box office at 877-722-6348. 
 
BOX SCORE LINK: http://ow.ly/Qo945
 
LOCATION:  The Ballpark at Rosemont                                                         
 
SCORE: Bandits 5, Rebellion 3
 
RECORDS: Bandits (26-15), Rebellion (12-29)
 
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Sunday, August 2 vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion at 3:05 p.m. @ The Ballpark at Rosemont
 
 
NOTES:
 
• Announced attendance was 1,687.
 
• Jose Munoz successful proposed to Crystal Kioussis for the first ever marriage proposal at a Bandits game. 
 
 
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.