Sammy Marshall Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (July 9, 2016) – A sixth-inning, two-out, RBI triple from center fielder Sammy Marshall gave the Bandits a 4-3 lead on Saturday night and Michelle Gascoigne did the rest.
Marshall (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 3B) drove in pinch runner Alaynie Page with her first extra-base hit of the 2016 season. Her heroics, along with Gascoigne’s relief effort, powered the Bandits to a series win over the Pennsylvania Rebellion. Gascoigne delivered a solid performance out of the bullpen, striking out the first four batters she faced and five of seven overall.
“Coming in like that is my favorite thing to do, that was my role in college,” Gascoigne said. “I really appreciate going in late in games and I just was positive in getting ahead and once I got ahead I was just trusting [catcher] Taylor [Edwards].”
The Rebellion (11-18) opened the game’s scoring in the first, scraping across a run without recording a hit. Some self-inflicted damage by the Bandits, which included an error, hit by pitch, and a pair of walks, put them in an early hole in the series finale.
The Bandits (12-16) threatened to blow the game open in the second when they loaded the bases with no outs, thanks to back-to-back hits from left fielder Natalie Hernandez (1-for-3, R, 3B) and second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz (1-for-3, R), plus a hit by pitch from designated player Emily Carosone (1-for-1, BB, HBP). Marshall and third baseman Megan Blank (1-for-2, RBI) provided consecutive RBI singles to put the Bandits up 2-1.
Despite not allowing a hit in 2.1 innings of work, Bandits’ starting pitcher Shelby Turnier was pulled after her fourth walk of the game. She finished the game allowing just one unearned run. She was replaced by Sara Moulton, who entered the game with a 0.54 ERA against the Rebellion in 2016. The Bandits would work via committee for the rest of the night, ultimately utilizing four pitchers.
“Shelby gave us a good start,” Gascoigne said. “Then it’s just one right after the other and we’re all ready in the bullpen when [head coach Mike] Steuerwald says.”
Catcher Taylor Edwards furthered the lead with a first-pitch swinging mentality, leading the third off with a line drive home run that tucked inside the left field foul pole. The Bandits threatened again to add on to the lead as Zymkowitz and Carosone again reached base, but Emily Weiman (L, 2-7)– who entered the game for starter Miranda Kramer with one out in the third – worked out of the jam.
The Rebellion rallied in the fifth to tie the game at three as shortstop Chaley Brickey and third baseman Cheyenne Cordes led off the inning with a triple and RBI-double, respectively. Catcher Kristyn Sandberg added the tying run with a sacrifice fly, but a heads-up play by Blank at third resulted in a double play. It took a combined effort of Moulton, Morgan Foley and Gascoigne to get out of the fifth with the game tied.
Gascoigne said the team showed fight in scratching out the win after the Rebellion tied it.
“We have all the right pieces, some days they’re just not clicking at the same time so when we’re fighting we’re figuring out how to get that clicking going on because we know it’s there,” Gascoigne said. “That’s the big factor, in that we know it’s there and we just have to keep working until it’s there consistently.”
The Bandits won the series after the Rebellion took game two on Friday, 3-2. It was the Bandits’ first series win since a sweep of the Akron Racers from June 14-15.
“[Winning the series] means a lot, especially going into game three trying to get that series win with the rubber match going on,” Gascoigne said.
“Especially the way we did it with one run late in the game, it just shows how much we’re fighting for this and I think that we’re starting to figure things out.”
The Bandits are back in action for a two-game series against the Scrap Yard Dawgs beginning Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CST at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
Tickets for Wednesday night’s game and 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:
• Taylor Edwards and Danielle Zymkowitz extended their hit streaks to six games and Megan Blank extended hers to four games.
• The Bandits hit the 1,000+ attendance mark for the seventh-straight game and the 13th time this season with a crowd of 1,351 on Saturday night. There have only been three home games this season without an attendance of at least 1,000.
• The Bandits improved to 5-14 when the opponent scores first this season and 10-2 when tied or leading after five innings.
About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the 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 more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
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.
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