Alisa Goler Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA (June 13, 2016) - The Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits concluded a three game set tonight at CONSOL Energy Park. The Rebellion were able to win the series after the rubber match went their way by a score of 2-1.
It was a pitcher’s duel for much of the night with Emily Weiman for the Rebellion and Michelle Gascoigne for the Bandits setting down one batter after another through the first couple innings.
It was the Rebellion who got the power bats going in the bottom of the 4th inning to get the scoring started. Veteran Catcher Kristyn Sandberg crushed a home run over the left field fence for her second of the season and the first run of the game. On the very next pitch, First Baseman Alisa Goler lined one over the outstretched glove of Bandits Right Fielder Sammy Marshall and over the fence for her first long ball of the season. After the back-to-back jacks, it was 2-0 Rebellion.
Emily Weiman danced out of danger for much of the game, but picked up her first win of the season by going 6 innings and surrendering just a single run on seven hits. She stranded 11 Bandits on the base paths, including getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th.
The lone Bandits run came in to score in the top of the 6th. It was an infield single off the bat of Left Fielder Emily Allard, and it cut the Rebellion lead to just one.
The one-run lead would be enough for the Rebellion. Pitcher Haylie Wagner entered in the game in the 7th and picked up the save, but it was not without a little drama. She struck out Bandits Center Fielder Brenna Moss to end the game with the potential tying run at third.
The Powerhandz Player of the Game recipient is Rebellion First Baseman Alisa Goler. It was her home run that proved to be the difference and helped power the Rebellion to victory.
The Rebellion (5-8) will now have a few days to rest before heading to Alabama for two games against the USSSA Pride beginning on Friday. For the Bandits, they head to Akron to battle with the Racers starting tomorrow evening. Catch all the action on NPFTV on profastpitch.com.
About the Chicago Bandits:
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, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-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 2016 season will be the Bandits' 12th season in the NPF.
About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For tickets, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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