Bandits Start the Season 2-0 With Win Over Racers

Mel Dumezich (Photo by Dina Kwit)

– Rookie pitcher Mel Dumezich tossed a complete four-hit shutout in her Bandits debut, striking out seven. The Bandits offense was on fire once again tonight as the squad went on to defeat the Racers 5-0.
“It’s an honor to be out here with all these great athletes,” said Dumezich. “Hopefully I’ll bring a different look to the Bandits this season and help the team win another championship.”
Lisa Norris toed the rubber for Akron and was relieved by Rachele Fico and Jen Mineau.
The Bandits offense started out strong again tonight with a run in the bottom of the first. Amber Patton got on base with a single up the middle and she was able to score when Racer’s shortstop Bridgette Del Ponte dropped Kristen Butler’s infield pop up.Dumezich pitched her way out of a jam in the bottom of the second, striking out a pair with the bases loaded to preserve the Bandits lead.
The Bandits extended their lead in the bottom of the second after Megan Wiggins hit a deep three-run homerun to dead center, scoring Vicky Galindo and Kimi Pohlman and extending the lead to 4-0.
The offensive rally continued after Patton singled, stole second and was brought home off Alisa Goler’s RBI single up the middle, making the score 5-0 heading into the third inning.
After highlighting the second with a homerun, Wiggins took over on defense in the third to rob Bri Hesson of a hit with a diving catch and doubling up Sam Marder at first base.
“I have been working really hard, coming off the Japan season, I’m still in shape and seeing the ball well,” said Wiggins. “I’m just trying to carry over my success in Japan and be productive for the Bandits.
“I’m really proud of this team and impressed with the newcomers, you can’t even tell they are rookies. We had a lot of potential last year and so far we’re looking really good with a lot of potential again this year so I am looking forward to it.”
The Bandits made outstanding defensive plays throughout the entire game to keep the Racers scoreless, giving Dumezich her first career victory and the Bandits their second win of the season.
The Bandits and Racers return to action tomorrow night at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the third game of the series. First pitch is set for 7:35 p.m. -CHI-
Game notes:
• After two games, Chicago is outscoring opponents by a 12-1 margin.
• Megan Wiggins’ .571 batting average and 7 RBI’s lead the league.
• First career hits for Nerissa Myers and Kimi Pohlman
• Mel Dumezich picked up her first career win
• Attendance: 654
About NPF:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007