ROSEMONT, IL (June 21, 2016) – The Bandits kick off a seven-game road trip with three games against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in The Woodlands, Texas with first pitch in the series opener scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.
This is the second meeting this year between the teams and the first in Texas. The Bandits (8-6) swept the Dawgs (7-7) in a three-game series to open the 2016 season.
The Bandits head to Texas after five straight games against the Akron Racers, going 3-2 in that span. Taylor Edwards continued her hot start at the plate, going 6-for-15 with two home runs, two triples, eight RBI and five walks against Akron.
In the first series against the Dawgs, Michelle Gascoigne and Lacey Waldrop picked up complete game wins in the circle and Morgan Foley got the win in game three during a combined effort with Sara Moulton and Shelby Turnier.
The offense was spurred by Jill Barrett and Sammy Marshall, who batted at the top and bottom of the order, respectively, in all three matchups. Barrett finished the series 6-for-10 with three runs and three walks and Sammy Marshall went 3-for-7 with five runs and three walks. Emily Allard also provided an offensive spark, finishing the series 4-for-10 with four runs and three RBI.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs are currently fourth in the NPF, one game behind the Bandits and two behind the league-leading USSSA Pride. The Dawgs have the league’s worst team batting average at .239, but the second-best team ERA, 3.28. Their top hitter this season, Nerissa Myers, is batting .375, which is behind the Bandits’ Barrett (.415) and Allard (.412). Former Bandits pitcher turned Dawgs ace Monica Abbott (3-1) has the second best ERA in the league at 1.62 in four starts.
This is the first time the Bandits have traveled to play the Dawgs, who are in their inaugural season as a NPF franchise.
Players to watch
In the season-opening series against the Dawgs, the Bandits were without Brittany Cervantes and Taylor Edwards who were both finishing their seasons in Japan. They were also without Emily Carosone, who was leading Auburn to a runner-up finish at the Women’s Softball College World Series. The trio has combined for 24 hits this season, 10 of which went for extra bases, and have batted in 24 runs while scoring 17.
Danielle Zymkowitz has a team-high eight-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all but one of her 14 games played. Her streak started on June 11 after she was sat for a game after going 0-for-10 in a four-game stretch. She is 9-for-24 with three runs and two RBI during the streak.
Taylor Edwards is currently is 9-for-19 in her seven-game hitting streak.
Shortstop Jill Barrett has hit safely in 11 of 14 games this season, including nine multi-hit games.
Single and group tickets for the 2016 Bandits season are available now by calling the office at 877-722-6348 or by visiting www.chicagobandits.com. Tickets start at just $7.25 each.
Tickets are also now available for the brand new MB Financial Club at The Ballpark. The MB Financial Club is the only section in the stadium, other than the party deck, where groups can preorder food for their group. The section is located next to the press box and is available for groups of 12-20 people.
For more information on the Bandits, please contact the team at 877-722-6348 or visit them on the web at www.chicagobandits.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 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.
Note to Media
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