Tammy Williams (Photo by Dina Kwit)
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Veteran Tammy Williams’ three singles led all hitters in a game filled with red, white and blue and an abundance of Bandit offensive counter attacks. Chicago plated five runs off eleven hits, all of which were singles.
The Chicago Bandits short stop hit a trio of singles and accounted for nearly half of the team’s runs, powering the Bandits to a 5-1 win over the NY/NJ Comets.Andi Williamson was the winning pitcher, improving to 4-0 on the season, while Olivia Galati took the loss for the Comets, dropping to 2-6.
Things looked promising from the start for Williamson, as she collected three strikeouts and allowed just one hit through the first two innings. The game proved to be a pitcher’s duel between the two rookies as we remained scoreless through four innings.
The Comets threatened in the fourth after a walk and hit-by-pitch put a pair on for Brittney Lindley who singled but Kimi Pohlman threw a perfect strike from left field to throw-out the runner at the plate. The score remained tied through four innings of play as neither team were able to bring any runs across despite multiple base runners.
NY/NJ put a pair of runners on again in the fifth after drawing back-to-back walks. A nice play by Amber Patton at third picked off the runner at third and a fly-out to Megan Wiggins ended the inning as the Bandits escaped the inning unscathed.
Alisa Goler put Chicago on the board first after her single to right scored Wiggins, the league leader in batting average, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Kristen Butler followed suit after her hit to right scored Danielle Zymkowitz who also singled earlier in the inning. Tammy Williams hit the fourth single of the inning, scoring another Chicago run as the Bandits took a 3-0 lead. Tarynne Mowatt (0-4, 8.32 ERA) took over pitching for the Comets and walked her first two batters to load the bases, but the Comets were able to end the inning still within three.
Despite a double by Brittany McKinney in the sixth, three straight fly-outs kept the Comets from chasing the Bandits three-run lead.
After another single by Jenna Grim in the seventh, Lindsay Richardson (0-1, 3.50 ERA) entered the game for the Comets. Zymkowitz’s single was followed by consecutive walked batters as Richardson walked in the Bandits fourth run. With the bases loaded again, Williams drove the ball for her third single, and second RBI of the afternoon.
The Comets recorded a homerun off Williamson in the seventh but a web gem by Amber Patton at third and two straight fly-outs ended the game as the Bandits took game two, 5-1.
The Bandits and Comets play again tomorrow, Friday, July 5 at 7:35 p.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
SITE: The Ballpark at Rosemont
SCORES: Bandits 5, Comets 1
RECORDS: Bandits (13-4), Comets (3-15)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday July 5 @ 7:35pm vs. NY/NJ Comets
To purchase tickets for the 2013 season, call the Bandits office at (877) 722-6348 or visit the team’s website at www.chicagobandits.com/tickets/singlegame
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level. The roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.