Tammy Williams Photo by Dina Kwit-Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Rosemont, IL - July 3, 2014 - Tammy Williams and Brittany Cervantes had the hot bats against the Akron Racers on Thursday night at the Ballpark at Rosemont as the Bandits took game one of the series, 8-5.
Williams and Cervantes each finished with three RBIs on the night, including a towering two run homerun in bottom of the third by Williams.
Cervantes continued her domination at the plate against the Racers this season as she 21 of her 28 RBIs have come against Akron.
Andi Williamson started in the circle for Chicago with Hannah Campbell getting the call for Akron. Both pitchers struggled early and were pulled after just two innings pitched for their respective teams.
Cervantes opened the scoring in the first inning with a two run RBI single while a double by Williams made it a 3-0 game. Akron cut the lead to one in their half of the second as Jessica Garcia reached home on an illegal pitch followed by a Jill Barrett RBI double.
Sara Moulton came on in relief to start the third, pitching three innings.
Seven of the Bandits eight runs came in the first three innings with Emily Allard’s single in the second scoring Kaylyn Castillo to give the Bandits a 4-2 lead while Cervantes’ RBI double followed by Williams’ home run put the Bandits up 7-2 in the third. Allison Owen came in to pitch for Racers following the double by Cervantes, finishing out the game Akron.
Estela Pinon came in as relief in the sixth inning as the Racers threatened, cutting the lead to 7-4 off an RBI single by Nerissa Myers before the Bandits were able to get out of the inning. Pinon gave up two runs on three hits.
The Bandits added their eighth run of the game in the sixth off a Zymkowitz double to left field that plated Allard as the Racers found themselves down to their final three outs. Kirsten Verdun came in to finish out the game but the Racers offense wasn’t done yet. Jennifer Gilbert’s solo shot cut the Bandits lead to three before Verdun and the Bandits finished out the inning to secure the victory.
Williamson gave up two runs on three hits with one strikeout as she picked up a no-decision, while Moulton picked up the victory. In her three innings of work she gave up two hits, while retiring three batters.
The series continues tomorrow as the Bandits begin their Fourth of July celebration early with a 2:05 p.m. start at the Ballpark. Tickets for tomorrow’s game start at just $4. Call 877-722-6348 or visit www.chicagobandits.com to order.
- Sara Moulton is now 5-0 on the season.
- Tammy Williams’ homerun was her sixth of the season
- Cervantes went 2-4 at the plate while Williams was a perfect 2-2
- With tonight’s victory, the Bandits improved to 6-3 this season against the Racers
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SITE: Ballpark at Rosemont, IL
SCORE: Bandits 8, Racers 5
RECORDS: Bandits (11-8), Racers (10-11)
NEXT GAME: Friday, July 4 vs. Akron Racers @ Ballpark in Rosemont, IL
About the Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
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 is headquarted 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 name 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.