Taylor Edwards Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (June 19, 2016) – The Akron Racers scored quickly and often in Sunday’s matinee matchup, as the Bandits’ offense struggled to find a groove against Racers starting pitcher Jailyn Ford (W, 3-2).
The Racers (7-5) scored twice in the first inning on three singles and two walks with shortstop Sami Fagan (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) and third baseman Kelley Montalvo knocked in runs. Montalvo finished the series with five RBI in three games.
The Bandits (8-6) rallied to tie the score with runs in each of the first two innings of the ballgame, but could never overtake the Racers on the scoreboard.
Bandits shortstop Jill Barrett (2-for-4, RBI, 2B) doubled in a run in the first and she finished the game with two hits and now has nine multi-hit games this season.
Second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz led off the second with a single and later scored on an error. With the single, she extended her hit streak to a team-high eight games.
After the Zymkowitz single, Ford went 14 straight batters without allowing a hit.
“(Ford’s) a very good pitcher and she hits her spots well,” Barrett said. “She goes up, in, and down in the zone so we just have to stick to a plan and just try and execute.”
While Ford was dealing, her offense added run support. The Racers tacked on three runs in the second and four more in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead midway through the game.
“Sometimes things aren’t always going to go your way, but we have to put our head up and play for every next pitch,” Barrett said.
The Bandits battled and made things interesting in the end, but the comeback attempt fell short despite scoring three runs in the last two innings.
“In softball, no one is ever out of it and this team does great never giving up,” Barrett said. “We just count on one another, just pass the bat to the next person and that’s all we try to do.”
Designated player Taylor Edwards sparked the Bandits offense twice in the last three innings. Her triple in the sixth ended the team’s streak of 14 hitless batters and her sacrifice fly in the seventh made it a three-run game with the tying run at the plate.
Barrett said the Bandits need to come out to play every day on the upcoming seven-game road trip.
“We’re playing the best-of-the-best every single day so we [have to] go out and give our best every day, too,” she said.
Before the Bandits begin the road trip, they will travel to Crestwood for a “Battle of the Sexes” game against the Windy City Thunderbolts. The Bandits will start the trip with a three-game series against the Scrap Yard Dawgs, followed by two-game stops in Dallas and Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the USSSA Pride.
Tickets for all remaining home games during the 2016 season are on sale now. Visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348 to order.
Gosling's Rum Recap Notes
• Tonight’s attendance was 844
• Morgan Foley made her first NPF start, picking up the loss in 3.1 innings of work.
• Danielle Zymkowitz extended her hit streak to eight games.
• Taylor Edwards extended her hit streak to seven games and is 9-for-19 in that time.
• Jill Barrett has nine multi-hit games this season and one hit in 11 of 14 games.
• Emily Allard did not play after leaving Tuesday’s win against the Racers with an injury.
• Next Bandits Home Game: Friday, July 1, 2016 vs. Akron Racers at 7:35 p.m. CST at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. The Racers competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
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 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 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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