Nerissa Myers Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Hoover, AL – August 21, 2014 - Facing elimination, the Chicago Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of third and got great pitching over the final four innings to defeat the Akron Racers, 4-1, in the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series at the Hoover Met. The win forces a third game in the best-of-three series tomorrow afternoon; Akron won the opening game of the series on Wednesday afternoon, 2-1.
Akron got on the board first with a solo blast to center field by shortstop Nerissa Myers, the NPF Offensive Player of the Year.
Chicago came right back in their half of the third. Leftfielder Emily Allard singled and moved to second on a sacrifice by second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz. Allard scored on a single to right by centerfielder Megan Wiggins to tie the game, 1-1. After a single by third baseman Amber Patton, Wiggins scored on a single by shortstop Tammy Williams for a 2-1 lead by the Bandits. They added another run on a RBI groundout by catcher Kristen Butler, scoring Patton. Chicago led 3-1 at the end of the third inning.
Monica Abbott came in to pitch for Chicago in the top of the fifth, relieving starter Michelle Gascoigne. Gascoigne allowed one run on three hits in four innings of work, with one strikeout and one hit batter.
Chicago scored again in the sixth. With two outs, first baseman Brittany Cervantes walked and then stole second. Cervantes scored on a single to left by designated player Alisa Goler. The Bandits led 4-1 after six innings.
Gascoigne picked up the victory for Chicago, while Abbott retired all nine batters she faced to earn the save. Abbott struck out three in her three innings of work. Rachele Fico took the loss, allowing four runs and seven hits in a complete-game effort.
Goler was 2 for 3 with two runs batted in for Chicago; in addition to Myers’ home run, first baseman Charlotte Morgan and centerfielder Taylor Schlopy had hits for Akron.
Akron and Chicago will play the third and deciding game of their series tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Hoover Met. The winner of that game will start the finals, also a best-of-three series, against USSSA Pride tomorrow night at 7:00 PM CT
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Site: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium – Hoover, AL
Score: Racers 1, Bandits 4
Next Akron Racers – Chicago Bandits Game: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:30 PM CT
About 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