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Rebellion Fall to Bandits in Extra Innings

Danielle Zymkowitz Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

 

Washington, PA (July 31, 2016) – Fans at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA, today were treated with some Sunday afternoon softball between the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits. It took extra innings, but the Bandits prevailed by a final score of 5-4.

The scoring started in the 3rd inning when the Bandits struck on a sacrifice fly from Designated Player Brittany Cervantes, and it was 1-0 Chicago.

The Rebellion came back right away in the bottom of the 3rd with a pair of runs. It was a two-run single off the bat of Designated Player Stacey Porter that did the damage and made it 2-1 Rebellion.

Pennsylvania would add a run to the lead in the bottom of the 4th when Shortstop Whitney Arion came through with a two-out RBI single, and it was 3-1 Rebellion.

The lead, however, would not last. The Bandits battled and pushed across two runs in the top of the 5th inning to tie the game. The second sac fly of the game for Cervantes scored a run as well as an RBI double from Second Baseman Amanda Kamekona and it was knotted at 3-3.

The Rebellion regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning when rookie Right Fielder Lexie Elkins laced a two-out single into left field that scored Olivia Watkins and gave PA a 4-3 advantage.

The Bandits waited until the 7th inning, but it was Amanda Kamekona who came up clutch. Her sacrifice fly, and 2nd RBI of the game, evened things up at 4 and forced extra softball.

It was in the 9th inning when the Bandits broke through. An RBI single by Right Fielder Danielle Zymkowitz scored Brittany Cervantes and gave Chicago their first lead of the game at 5-4. For that go-ahead hit, Zymkowitz is lauded with the honor of POWERHANDZ Player of the Game.

That one run in the 9th would be enough as the Rebellion bats were silenced in the last three innings by the Chicago Relief Pitcher Shelby Turnier. Five of the nine outs she recorded were via the strikeout, including the final out of the game, a K of the Rebellion Shortstop Whitney Arion.

The Rebellion (14-27) will enjoy a few days off before opening their final home series of the season on Friday, a three game set against the Dallas Charge. For the Bandits (20-22), they will head home and begin a series against the NPF-leading USSSA Pride. All games can be seen live on NPFTV on profastpitch.com.

 

 

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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 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 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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