SUNDAY NPF WRAP
June 23 2013
BANDITS WIN 8-1, TAKE BACK SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST
ROSEMONT, Ill.—June 22, 2013 – The Chicago Bandits rounded out the third night of play against the USSSA Pride with an 8-1 victory reclaiming sole possession of first-place in the NPF standings. Starting pitcher, Andi Williamson tossed seven strikeouts in five complete innings and recorded her second win of the season.
Blaire Luna made her first career start for the Pride, registering her first loss while recording two strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.
The Bandits set the tone early, retiring the Pride in order as Williamson and the defense started the game with a strikeout and a pair of fly-outs.
The Pride got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third after Andrea Duran’s single brought home Caitlin Lowe who walked and stole second. In the bottom half of the inning, the Bandits tied the game and eventually took the lead, plating five runs. Megan Wiggins led off the inning with a single and Eri Yamada’s double to left field brought her home, tying the game 1-1. After Kristen Butler drew a walk, Tammy Williams launched her second homerun of the season, tallying three RBIs and giving the Bandits a 4-1 cushion. Nerissa Myers continued the momentum with a triple down the right field line and would later score on a passed ball.
The 5-1 lead was enough for a pitching change as Jordan Taylor entered the circle for the Pride, replacing Luna in the third.
The Bandits tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth after Wiggins led off with a double, Yamada reached on an error and Butler’s single to center scored them both, increasing the Bandits lead to 7-1.
The Pride threatened in the fifth, putting runners on first and second with no outs but Williamson’s quick glove forced out the lead runner at third on back-to-back plays.Rookie pitcher for the Bandits, Michelle Gascoigne replaced Williamson in the circle at the top of the sixth inning. Gascoigne tossed back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Bandits tacked on another run in the sixth after Wiggins drew a walk, Yamada singled and Wiggins scored on a wild pitch, upping the Bandits lead to 8-1.
Gascoigne recorded two more strikeouts in the seventh to close out the game and give the Bandits their eighth win of the season and reclaiming first place in the NPF standings.
The fourth and final game is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, June 22 at 3:05 p.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
Notes:– Tonight’s attendance was 780
– Bandits regain sole possession of first place in the NPF standings
– Williamson improved to 2-0 on the season
– Gascoigne struck out 4 in just 1.2 innings pitched
– Tammy Williams hit her second home run of the season
– Megan Wiggins was 3-3 on the night, hiking her batting average to .594
Score: Bandits 8, Pride 1
Records: Bandits (8-3), Pride (7-4)
Bandits Secure First Place Behind Abbott and Yamada
|ROSEMONT, Ill. – The final game of the series concluded today in dramatic fashion with a pitching duel featuring Olympians Monica Abbott (4-1, 0.24 ERA) and Cat Osterman (4-1, 0.85 ERA). Abbott and the Bandits ultimately prevailed with a 1-0 victory and took the series three games to one while securing first place in the NPF standings.
The Bandits threatened in the first inning after Eri Yamada and Alisa Goler both singled. Tammy Williams was then walked to load the bases. However, the Bandits failed to convert any runs as Osterman recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
Pitching continued to be the dominant factor throughout the second, third, and fourth innings, keeping the game scoreless. Both teams left runners stranded on base as Abbott and Osterman continued to consistently strike out batters.
The Bandits finally broke through and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. Megan Wiggins was walked and Yamada’s RBI double to left center field allowed her to score, making the score 1-0 heading into the sixth.
The Bandits threatened again in the sixth after a fielder’s choice allowed Patton to get on base, she then stole second but was left stranded.
Abbott struck out three consecutive batters in the top of the seventh to end the game and improve her record to 4-1 this season. She recorded 12 strikeouts on the day, bringing her season total to 50.
Osterman threw 11 strikeouts, improving her season total to 61. Her record now stands at 4-1 this season as well.
The Bandits will look to stay atop the NPF standings as they travel to Akron, Ohio this week for a four game series against the Racers. The series is scheduled to begin Thursday June 27th with first pitch at 6:05 pm.
– Attendance today was 1,439
– The Bandits improved to 9-3 on the season, securing first-place in the NPF
– Yamada’s winning RBI was her 12th RBI of the season
– Abbott improved to 4-1 on the season
– Abbott recorded 12 strikeouts, upping her total to 50 on the season
– Abbott won her second 1-0 game of the series
BOX SCORE LINK: http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=142102
SCORE: Bandits 1, Pride 0
RECORDS: Bandits (9-3), Pride (7-5)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: June 27 @ Akron Racers, 6:05 pm
AKRON RACERS BEAT NY/NJ COMETS 2-0; COMPLETE FOUR-GAME SWEEP
BRIDGEWATER, NJ – June 22, 2013 – The Akron Racers are rolling. Behind a solid performance in the circle from veteran ace Lisa Norris, the Racers shut out the NY/NJ Comets 2-0, completing the series sweep and bringing their record up to .500 for the first time this season.
“This was a great series,” Racers Owner/GM Joey Arrietta said. “Things are beginning to come together for us.”
Norris tossed a two-hit shutout, displaying her characteristic efficiency and needing just 86 pitches to complete the game. She faced 23 batters, two above the minimum, while striking out four and walking just one en route to her third victory of the season.
Akron managed just two runs against Comets pitcher and former Hofstra University ace Olivia Galati, who pitched until there were two outs in the seventh inning before being relieved for the final out by Sarah Plourde. But thanks to Norris’s superb start, two runs proved to be enough offense to cap off the series.
Slugger Sam Marder got Akron on the board in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded that allowed Brianna Turang to trot home for the first run. Kelley Montalvo tacked on to the lead the next inning, showing her power by launching a towering solo home run in the top of the sixth inning. Ayumi Karino also continued her solid NPF rookie season, going a perfect 3-3 at the plate with three singles.
In the field, the Racers showed great improvement on defense, boasting an errorless game for the first time this season.
“Our offense is taking shape, our defense is improved,” Arrietta said. “I believe in the depth and talent on this roster.”
The Racers now head home for their first action in Akron, and are scheduled to host the Chicago Bandits in a four-game set starting on June 27 at 7:05 p.m. The final two games of the series, a day/night doubleheader on June 29, will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
-The Racers are on a five-game win streak.
-Lisa Norris threw a two-hit shutout, earning her third victory of 2013.
-Kelley Montalvo hit her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning, and Japanese rookie Ayumi Karino went 3-3.
SITE: TD Bank Ballpark
SCORE: Racers 2, Comets 0
RECORDS: Racers (6-6), Comets (2-10)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Saturday, June 27 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Bandits