8-18-2013 Pride Regular Season NPF Champs

NPF AUGUST 18 GAMES

BANDITS CLINCH REGULAR SEASON TITLE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER PRIDE

ROSEMONT, Ill. – August 18, 2013 – The Chicago Bandits are regular season champions and earned an automatic bid into the National Pro Fastpitch Championship series after defeating the USSSA Pride 3-1 tonight in front of another sold out crowd at the Ballpark at Rosemont. The Bandits used a two-out rally in the fourth inning to comeback from a 1-0 deficit and take the lead to defeat the USSSA Pride.

 

With Jennie Finch throwing out the first-pitch, two other legendary pitchers took the circle with Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman battling for the regular season title.

 

The Pride jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning after Kristyn Sandberg’s line-drive homerun to right-center field.

 

Similar to last night’s game, the comeback rally started in the fourth inning, but this time it was the Bandits responding from a 1-0 deficit. Alisa Goler started the rally by drawing a two-out walk. Amber Patton’s single brought home pinch runner Danielle Zymkowitz to tie the game and Vicky Galindo hit the go-ahead single to bring home Patton.

 

Chicago added an insurance run in the fifth after Megan Wiggins drew a walk on an eight-pitch at-bat and stole second. Nerissa Myers’ groundout advanced her and she scored off a wild pitch to give the Bandits a 3-1 edge.

 

Abbott closed out the game in the seventh inning by striking out the first two Pride batters and getting a pop up to end the game. She finished the game with eight total strikeouts, while only allowing three hits and one run. Osterman recorded five strikeouts, allowing six hits and three runs.

 

The Bandits play the first game of the NPF Championship Series on Friday, August 23 at the Ballpark at Rosemont. Visit championship.profastpitch.com for more information.

 

SITE: Ballpark at Rosemont

SCORE: Bandits 3, Pride 1

RECORDS: Bandits (36-12), Pride (34-14)

NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday, August 23 vs. TBD

ATTENDANCE: 2,054

 

 

BOXSCORE: http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=142173

 

AKRON RACERS FALL TO NY/NJ COMETS, 10-4

AKRON, OH – August 17, 2013– The Akron Racers were unable contain the bats of the NY/NJ Comets in their second to last meeting of the regular season.  The Comets sprinted to a 7-3 lead by the end of the second inning and the Racers could not catch up in the 10-4 loss.  Olivia Gallati was given the win, while Erin Arevalo was charged with the loss.

Angeline Quiocho started the game with a leadoff double in the first inning and Brittney Lindley brought her home with a single to give the Comets a very early 1-0 lead in the game.  Bianca Mejia followed the run with a single to give the Comets runners on the corners.  Arevalo was able to bounce back after the early hits and strike out the next two batters she faced.  But the Comets bumped up the score to 2-0 when Courtney Liddle kept the inning alive with an RBI single that brought Lindley home from third.

The Racers were able to answer the Comets quick lead with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. After the Taylor Schlopy and Kelley Montalvo led off the inning with a pair of walks, Charlotte Morgan was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded for Kaylyn Castillo.  Castillo hit into a fielder’s choice towards the short stop, but Schlopy came around to score and made it a one-run ball game at 2-1.

In the second inning, Bianca Mejia brought two more Comets around to score after Erin Arevalo put two batters on base early in the inning.  With the Comets leading 4-1, Rachele Fico came into relieve Arevalo with one on base and two outs in the inning. Arevalo lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up five runs on six hits.  She also struck out two batters and walked one.

Fico promptly walked the first two batters she faced and Mejia came around to score on a wild pitch. Then, Liddle smacked one into right field for an RBI double that scored two more and gave the Comets a 7-1 lead. After McKinney reached base after being hit by a pitch, Hillary Bach came in to relieve Rachele Fico.  Fico was unable to record an out and she gave up two runs on one hit and she walked two batters.  Bach finally got the Racers out of the inning when Amy Hooks popped out in foul territory.

Brigette Del Ponte gave the Racers a leadoff single in their half of the second and Aja Paculba reached on an error by Taryne Mowatte to put runners on the corners for Karino.  Karino loaded the bases on a walk and Kelley Montalvo hit a bouncer back to the circle that smacked Mowatt in the leg for an RBI single and kept the bases loaded for Charlotte Morgan. Olivia Galati came into replace Mowatt, who finished with three runs on two hits, walked three, and struck out two in 1.1 innings of work.  Gallati got Morgan to ground out the shortstop, but Paculba was able to come into score and the Racers were able to bring the score to 7-3 after two innings.

After a quiet third inning from both teams, the Comets tacked on one more run in the fourth after Amanda Kamekona belted one over the right field fence to give NY/NJ an 8-3 lead.  But Sam Marder responded with a solo shot of her own in the fifth inning and at the end of five innings the score was 8-4.

In the sixth inning, Jen Mineau came in to relieve Hillary Bach.  Bach finished the night with a line of one run on six hits, while she walked one and struck out two.  Mineau gave up singles to the first two batters she faced before Amy Hooks smacked one to Del Ponte at shortstop and the ball bounced off her glove.  The error allowed another Comets run before NY/NJ loaded the bases on a throwing error by Montalvo. Angeline Quiocho hit a long fly out into left field, but Brittney McKinney tagged from third and the Comets were able to push their lead to 10-4.

Jen Mineau pitched 2.0 innings and gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits. She struck out two batters and did not walk anyone.  Gallati pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just one run on one hit, while walking two and striking out one.

The Racers return to action tomorrow, Saturday (??), August 18 at 2:05 p.m. against the NY/NJ Comets for the last game of their regular season.  The Racers will head to Chicago next week for the NPF Championship.  They will play the Comets again on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm in the first game of Championship series.

Notes:

-Sam Marder hit her fifth home run of the season and is now in a nine-way tie for fourth most home run this season.

– Taylor Schlopy stole her 10th base tonight and is tied for third place in the league in stolen bases.

– Olivia Gallati’s record jumps to (6-10), while Erin Arevalo’s record falls to (0-5).

SITE: Firestone Stadium

SCORE: Racers 4, Comets 10

RECORDS: Racers (15-32), Comets (10-37)

NEXT RACERS GAME: Sunday, August 18 @ 2:05 p.m. vs. NY/NJ Comets

 

As of 9pm, no score for the final game had been posted on the NPF web site.

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