7-6-10 July 6 Update





Jennie Finch to play Thursday in Elgin, pitch Friday in Joliet

ELGIN – Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore announced today that Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch will be in uniform for the Bandits on Thursday, July 8 in Elgin, Ill. and Friday, July 9 in Joliet, Ill.

Fresh from a stint with the Women�s National Team, in which Team USA destroyed the international competition en route to a 2010 ISF Women’s World Championship, Finch will join fellow National Team members Eileen Canney, Ashley Holcombe and Vicky Galindo on the Bandits roster.

Thursday�s game will feature the Bandits against the Akron Racers at the Bandits home field on the campus of Judson University in Elgin, Ill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and Finch will see action at the plate and is slated for relief pitcher duties.

The July 8 matchup falls on Business Appreciation Night, a promotional night which allows any business to purchase Bandits tickets at a buy one, get one price. All non-businesses can earn a ticket discount of three dollars off the �advanced price� by donating an old pair of eye glasses for the Lions Club, making tickets just $5.75 for outfield seating and $7.75 for first baseline seating.
For tickets to the July 8 game, call 877-722-6348. For more information on the promotional specials or group packages at the Bandits, contact Ian Kalanges at ian.kalanges@chicagobandits.com.

On Friday the Bandits head to Joliet for a home away from home game against the Akron Racers at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. Pitcher Jennie Finch has been named the starting pitcher for the Bandits on Friday and first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. For tickets to the Joliet game, call (815) 726-2255. Excellent suite packages are available for the Bandits vs Racers at Silver Cross Field. For more information on the best way to enjoy Friday�s game, contact Jim Rice at jim@jackhammerbaseball.com.

Both Thursday and Friday games feature a post-game autograph session. For more information about the Bandits visit www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-7BANDIT.


Pride Rebound, Thump Racers 10-3 in the Series Finale

Willis and Duran Go Yard to Push the Pride Past the Racers 

AKRON, Ohio  (July 5, 2010) –  The USSSA Pride came out swinging from the onset, clubbing 11 hits, including two homers en route to a 10-3 victory over the Akron Racers in today’s series finale at Firestone Stadium.

The Akron Racers (11-6) dropped just their second game of the series to the USSSA Pride (11-6) after earning the series win with a 6-3 decision on Saturday.  

Starter Jamee Juarez (3-4) could not find her rhythm against the Pride as the visitors banged out 10 runs on 11 hits to tie the Racers atop the NPF standings. Conversely, Sarah Pauly (4-2) earned her second win of the series and moved through the Racers lineup with relative ease, giving up three runs–just one earned, on four scattered hits while striking out five. Pauly did not issue a walk in seven complete frames. 

In the top half of the opening stanza, the Pride caught the Racers’ defense off guard, dropping down a suicide-squeeze bunt to move in front 1-0. Megan Willis put the visitors ahead in convincing fashion, when she drove a grand slam home run over the left field fence to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Racers made a run of things in the home half of the second when Trena Peel collected a RBI single to plate Juarez, who led off with a single. Two outs later, Jackie Pasquerella hustled on a misfielded ball by Pride third baseman Andrea Duran, which enabled Samantha Ricketts to score. Lisa Modglin then roped a single to left, driving in Peel to make it a 5-3 affair. Unfortunately for the Racers, the offensive output would end there, while the Pride capped off the day by scoring five additional runs.

In third, Kelly Kretschman’s RBI double plated Jessica Mendoza who registered a lead-off walk.

The Pride tallied two more runs in the fourth, with two outs as Kretschman delivered for her team once more, driving in Natasha Watley and Melissa Roth who each singled, giving the visitors an 8-3 advantage.

The Pride pounded the final nail in the coffin atop the seventh on Duran’s two-out two-run home run to left that barely hung inside the foul pole, accounting for today’s final, 10-3. 

Akron travels to Chicago July 8th for a four game series against the Bandits before returning to Firestone Stadium, July 14th for their final five-game homestand against the USSSA Pride. For more information or tickets, please visit www.akronracers.org


Racers Blitz Pride 6-3 in Game Four
Racers Get Back On Track Thanks To Mackenzie Vandergeest Homer

AKRON, Ohio (July 4, 2010)- The Akron Racers reclaimed sole possession of first place in the NPF standings behind another complete-game pitching performance from Lisa Norris as Akron defeated the USSSA Pride, 6-3 in game four at Firestone Stadium and clinch their fourth consecutive series win.

Akron (11-5) used timely hitting, while taking advantage of an early error, to defeat the Pride (10-6) who fall into second place with today’s loss.

Norris’ (7-0) brilliance this season continued as she scattered seven hits throughout the evening, giving up three runs (one earned) en route to striking out eight to earn the win. The Racers offense worked Katie Burkhart (2-2) for nine hits and six runs (three earned). The starter issued four walks and struck out seven in her second-consecutive loss of the season.

Norris found herself in trouble early after allowing a one-out Caitlin Lowe single and a walk to Jessica Mendoza. A costly error on third baseman Clare Burnum followed and  enabled both runners to score as Alissa Haber moved to second, giving the Pride a short-lived 2-0 edge.

The Racers fought back in the home half of the first to claim a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. Akron loaded the bases when Lisa Modglin and Jess Valis notched back-to-back singles before Crystl Bustos walked. Samantha Ricketts brought the home team within one on sac-fly RBI to right to tack a run on the board. A costly throwing error from Burkhart enabled Kelley Montalvo to reach second while Valis and Bustos each scored to put Akron ahead, 3-2.

A scoreless battle ensued over the next three frames until the bottom of the fifth when Akron catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest uncorked her second home run of the year-a three run shot to left to give the Racers the 6-2 lead.

The Pride refused to go quietly as the team collected a pair of two-out hits atop the seventh. Natasha Watley singled and then scored on Lowe’s double to left but Norris shut the door, getting Mendoza to ground out unassisted to first base to preserve her perfect record on the season. 

Valis led the Akron hit parade with a pair of singles and a double while Watley led the Pride with three singles.


First day of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship got underway today, July 5 with Futures and Showcase games at Softball City, the first pre-Team Canada game activities, including face painting and other interactive kids’ activities, then Team Canada played Washington Absolute Blast with the final score of 9 – 0 Team Canada. Great day at the ballpark under beautiful sunny skies!

Tomorrow (July 6) the Futures and Showcase tournaments continue with games starting at 8am at Cloverdale Athletic Park and 10:30am at Softball City, Surrey, BC.  Pre-Team Canada game activities get underway at 4:30pm then Team Canada again plays Washington Absolute Blast at 7pm, both at Softball City! 

 Starting Thursday, July 8, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will feature a marquee game series with Team Canada vs. Team USA at Softball City running to Sunday July 11 with a game per day.  Game time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 7pm with Sunday’s game slated for 3:30pm.

 Call 604.536.9287 for further information or check www.canadianopenfastpitch.com for tournament scores and more information including ticket prices.  Tickets are available at the gate.


Ciara Clampitt, 2011, LHP, Burkburnett, TX, Texas Glory Gold (Shelton) has verbally committed to Arkansas



1-4       TVL    Showcase/Pony National Qualifier, Virginia Beach

2-4       TVL    Carolina Cardinals East Fireworks 16-18-23U, Raleigh

2-4       TVL     USA/ASA 18u National Qualifier, Raleigh

3-4       INT     Canada Cup Special Olympics, Surrey BC

3-11     INT     Canada Cup International Women’s division, Surrey BC

5          HS       NFCA regional All Americans announced

5-11     INT     Canada Cup Junior Women’s division, Surrey

5-11     INT     Canada Cup 16U fastpitch showcase, Surrey

8-12     TVL    Champions Cup 16U, Irvine

9-11     TVL    Stop DWI Tournament of Champions, Binghamton

12        HS       NFCA All Americans announced

14-18   TVL    Champions Cup 18U, Irvine

15-18     TVL         Tennessee summer tournament, Murfreesboro

15-8      TVL     First Annual DeMarini Invitational Showcase, Glen Ellyn, IL*

16-18   ASA    Women’s 23U Fastpitch, Spokane WA

16-18    TVL    Rising Stars summer showcase, Davie FL

16-18   TVL    Premier Northeast Qualifier, Edison NJ

16-18   TVL    Carolina Cardinals Classic, Raleigh

17-01   INT     XXI Central American/Caribbean games, Mayaguez

22-25   TVL    Elite NFCA showcase, Plano TX

23-25   TVL    Midland Magic Summer Showcase, Springfield IL

23-25   TVL    Bluechip Ringor Showcase, Sarasota FL

23-25    TVL   Midwest Summer Signature showcase, Ohio

25        TVL    ASA A Nationals

26        HS       Iowa HS championships

* The tournament in Glen Ellyn is new; 32 teams by invitation; 100 D1 coaches registered

If we left something out, please advise asap and we will reprint the July calendar.


XXI Central American & Caribbean Games (Men’s & Women’s Softball) Mayaguez Puerto Rico
World Cup of Softball 5 Oklahoma City USA
7th Japan Cup Sendai City, Miyagi Japan
7th Micronesian Games Koror Palau
11th World Firefighters Games Daegu Korea
III World University Softball Championship Macerata Italy
16th Asian Games (Women’s Softball) Guangzhou China
ISF Youth World Cup (16-and-under girls) Plant City, Florida USA


Dates Activity/Event City Country
7th European Coed Slowpitch Championship Prague Czech Republic
5th Minime Girls European Championship Ankara Turkey
XI European Championship Jr. Girls Vienna Austria
X European Championship Men Havlickuv Brod Czech Republic
9th South East Asia Women’s Softball Championship Jakarta Indonesia
II Under-22 Girls European Championship Prague Czech Republic
III Pan American Softball Championship (18-and-under, girls) Bogota Colombia
VIII Pan American Softball Championship for Men Guatemala City Guatemala
4th Asian Junior Men’s Softball Championship (19-and-under) Mumbai India



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