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Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 15, 2018) — The Chicago Bandits have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Rachele Fico on a one-year contract, team officials announced Thursday.

Fico, entering her sixth season at the professional level, spent her first five years with the Akron Racers. The LSU product has logged 316.2 career innings in the circle, amassing 26 wins and six saves.

“Rachele is a talented pitcher with a history of success in the NPF,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re looking forward to her continued success in Chicago.”

During her final season with the Racers, Fico made 17 appearances, including 10 starts, and recorded a career-best 3.22 ERA. She tossed three complete games and struck out a team-high 53 batters over the course of the campaign.

Fico also added relief efforts in both of Akron’s games against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2017 NPF Championship Series, tossing three innings and fanning three.

Initially drafted with the first overall selection in the 2013 Draft, Fico was a two-time NFCA All-American during her time at LSU. The two-time USA Softball Player of the Year finalist made a career-high 23 appearances during her rookie season. She built off her impressive first season by winning 11 games as a second-year pro.

A native of Oxford, Connecticut, Fico also serves as an assistant softball coach at Georgia.

In a corresponding move, the Bandits released right-handed pitcher Sierra Hyland.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

About Chicago Bandits

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004 provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

Chicago Bandits Win 2016 Cowles Cup and NPF Championship

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (August 23, 2016) – Back-to-back home runs and back-to-back upsets led to the Chicago Bandits hoisting the Cowles Cup as back-to-back National Pro Fastpitch Champions.

The Bandits used consecutive solo shots by catcher Taylor Edwards and outfielder Brittany Cervantes and a gritty pitching performance from Angel Bunner to defeat the USSSA Pride 2-1 on Tuesday night in the NPF Championship Series finale at Rhoads Stadium.

Chicago took two out of three games from the Pride after beating Monica Abbott and the Scrap Yard Dawgs in a best-of-three semifinal series, and rode those upsets to their second championship in a row.

A crowd of 457 was on hand to witness Chicago’s triumph, raising the record attendance to 7,408 for the event.

The victory capped an unlikely run by an unlikely third-seeded team that finished 27-27.

“It’s our first winning streak in almost four weeks,” Chicago coach Mike Steuerwald said with a chuckle, “and we got back to .500, a lot of milestones for us.”

Cervantes, who batted over .500 for the playoffs with three home runs, was named Most Valuable Player of the championship series, but the true hero for the Bandits was a player who wasn’t even on the roster until July 1. Left-hander Bunner was a journeyman pitcher who had played for three previous teams and sat out last season and a good portion this one before the Bandits called and signed her.

Bunner (3-3) scattered eight hits, striking out one batter with one walk, and worked her way out of several trouble spots for the win.

“I’m not going to lie: I’m never nervous and today I got here and I was nervous,” Bunner said. “It’s a dream. Of course I imagined it, but living it is a different thing.”

Said Steuerwald, “We just trusted her to keep us in the game.”

That’s what she did. The only one to really get through against Bunner was league Player of the Year Kelly Kretschman, the USSSA Pride’s veteran outfielder who was a four-time All-American at the University of Alabama, where the championship was held.

Hobbled throughout the postseason by a calf injury that required a brace on her right leg, Kretschman went 2-for-3 and cracked a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the Chicago lead to 2-1.

She wasn’t going to let the injury stop her with an NPF title on the line.

“At this point, I told (coach Lonni Alameda) I’ll rip it in half if I have to,” Kretschman said.

Bunner got through six innings without allowing the Pride to tie it up or take the lead, and rookie Shelby Turnier came out of the bullpen to retire the final three batters in order for her second save of the season, and her second in as many days.

The game ended with Kretschman on deck.

“I always want to be in that spot,” said the NPF’s first-ever Triple Crown hitter, who led the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs.

The USSSA Pride (40-15) won the regular-season title, only to fall to their rivals in the championship series for the second year in a row.

“This is probably the most fun championship I’ve played in, in all my time,” said Kretschman, an 11-year veteran, explaining that this series was about the teams rather than a showdown between a couple of star-power pitchers.

Jill Barrett went 2-for-3 for the Bandits. Keilani Ricketts (8-6) gave up the two runs on five hits in 4 1/2 innings. Jordan Taylor pitched 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief for the Pride.

About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.

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The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.  The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

Brittany Cervantes (photo by Bill Diehm, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch).


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Chicago Bandits Force Decisive Game Three of Final NPF Series

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(Note: Game 3 will be televised on CBS Sports Network, August 23, 8:00pm Eastern Time)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (August 22, 2016) – The Chicago Bandits never back down from a fight, so when the second game of the NPF Championship Series turned into a slugfest on Monday night. they were in their element.

On the verge of elimination from the best-of-three Cowles Cup series with the USSSA Pride, Chicago banged out an 11-5 victory at Rhoads Stadium to force a winner-take-all game set for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT.

A crowd of 881 – driving the record total attendance for the event to 6,951 and virtually assuring a final tally of more than 7,000 after the final game – was on hand to see the Bandits show their fight to stay alive.

It wasn’t the kind of game anyone expected, but when Chicago catcher Taylor Edwards hit a solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the third inning, it was like igniting a powder keg.

A game that had been shaping up as a pitchers’ duel opened up to become a shootout between two teams that suddenly looked like they were taking batting practice. In all, the teams combined for 24 hits, including three home runs, a triple and a double.

The Pride (40-14) took the lead in the top of the fourth. NPF Player of the Year Kelly Kretschman, hobbled by a calf injury and playing with a brace on her right leg, got it started with her first hit of the tournament, a single to left field. Kirsti Merritt replaced her as a pinch runner, advanced on a single and a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch. Catcher Chelsea Goodacre singled in another run to make it 2-1.

And it was only the beginning.

Chicago (25-27) responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, with third baseman Jill Barrett hitting her first home run of the year, a three-run shot, to go up 6-2.

“I thought we were going to have to scratch about three runs across,” Chicago coach Mike Steuerwald said. “That really sparked us.”

Barrett had hit her first batting-practice homer earlier in the week.

“I didn’t want to show them everything I had at the beginning (of the season),” she joked. “I was really just trying to move the runners over.”

The Pride came back with three runs of its own in the top of the fifth, with Goodacre hitting a two-RBI single, to narrow the margin to 6-5, but Chicago wasn’t done. The Bandits plated three runs in the bottom of the inning, with first baseman Megan Blank tripling in a run and scoring on a Brenna Moss single.

“I think we all knew it was going to be tough,” Kretschman said. “They had pretty much battled us for all the year. They battle every inning. It doesn’t really surprise me that our rivalry continues.”

There was still more to come from the Bandits.

Outfielder Brittany Cervantes, the most consistent Chicago hitter in the tournament, crushed a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to up the lead to 11-5. She enters the final game 8-of-15 for the playoffs.

Left-hander Michelle Gascoigne (6-5) allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the win. Shelby Turnier threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and no walks, for her first save.

“I keep telling myself I love to be in that situation,” Turnier said. “I think that kind of relates to the way that I pitch.”

Cervantes remembers a situation a few years ago when the bases were loaded and she was in right field. Teammate Danielle Zymkowitz turned to her and said, “Here comes the fun part.”

Cervantes and the Bandits are ready for more.

“I’m just excited to be still playing one more game,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.”

(Note: Game 3 will be televised on CBS Sports Network, August 23, 8:00pm Eastern Time)

About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.

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The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.  The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.


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USSSA Pride Take Game One of Final NPF Series

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Lauren Chamberlain (photo by Bill Diehm, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch)


Program Note: Game 2 of the NPF Championship Series will be televised on Aug. 22, 8pm Eastern Time on CBS Sports Network.


TUSCALOOSA, AL (August 21, 2016) – The USSSA Pride’s formula for success isn’t fancy: a lot of pitching and some timely hitting.

The regular-season champion Pride stuck to that model to defeat the Chicago Bandits 3-1 on Sunday night at Rhoads Stadium in the opening game of the best-of-three NPF Championship Series.

A crowd of 1,618 for Sunday’s session assured a new playoff attendance record, with 6,070 so far. The previous record of 5,592 for the entire event was set last year in Hoover.

The Pride (40-13) has a chance to claim the Cowles Cup with a second win over defending champion Chicago (24-27) on Monday night at 7 p.m. CT in a rematch of last year’s title series.

“I think that they’re a very scrappy team,” Pride coach Lonni Alameda said of the Bandits, “very powerful but very scrappy.”

Most of the scoring came by way of solo home runs. Megan Wiggins, batting in the leadoff position for the Pride, started the game off with a shot to right-center in the bottom of the first inning. Chelsea Goodacre led off the bottom of the second with a solo blast to nearly the same spot to make it 2-0. After the Pride got an RBI single from Lauren Chamberlain – driving in Wiggins, who had drawn a walk to lead off the bottom of the third – Chicago got in on the action in the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff solo homer from shortstop Kristen Brown, cutting the Pride’s lead to 3-1.

Chicago had its best chance to get back into it after Brown’s shot. Third baseman Jill Barrett beat out an infield single with one out, and outfielder Brittany Cervantes was hit by a pitch with two outs, giving the Bandits two runners on base. USSSA Pride starter Keilani Ricketts coaxed a fly ball to left field for the third out to end the threat.

“Some days for us, our best just isn’t good enough,” Chicago coach Mike Steuerwald said. “Our bench was outstanding: I don’t know if there was one out, hit or pitch that I didn’t hear all 15 in our dugout. Overall, I thought we did a great job of staying in that game.”

The Pride handed the ball to closer Jordan Taylor to bring it home. She earned her 10th save with two innings of no-hit ball.

“I’m still adjusting,” Taylor said. “It’s ironic because in college the seventh inning was my worst inning.

“I still think (the closer role) is being defined in softball. It’s not really a thing yet.”

Ricketts (8-5), a left-hander, gave up one run on five hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Morgan Foley (1-5) and Lacey Waldrop held the Pride to just five hits. The difference was that USSSA Pride hit with power, or with people in scoring position.

Goodacre went 2-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored. The second-year player is on a mission.

“I don’t have a championship yet,” she said, “and I don’t have a (collegiate) national championship, so to be with this team fighting to win the last game is incredible.”

Chicago isn’t conceding anything.

“Obviously we don’t like to make it easy,” said Cervantes, who went 2-for-2. “We’ll come back ready to play.”

About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.

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The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.  The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.


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NPF, formerly the Women’s Pro Softball League, is intended to provide family entertainment for people of all ages and to showcase the top talent in fastpitch softball today.  It is the goal of the League to entertain and provide positive role models for young people. NPF demonstrates work ethic, dedication, and love for the sport of fastpitch softball.  NPF athletes exhibit this through their actions, both on-and-off the field.  They are prominent people within their communities and appreciate and embrace the fans that follow their play through NPF action.

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Chicago Bandits 2015 NPF Champions

Bandits Sweep Series to Win NPF Championship

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Bandits Sweep Series to Win NPF Championship

Hoover, AL. – August 17, 2015 – In two hours and one minute the Chicago Bandits defeated the USSSA Pride 1 to 0 to win the 2015 NPF Championship. Game 2 saw a rematch between Monica Abbott vs. Cat Osterman. For the second straight day it was errors that cost the Pride and Monica Abbott got the complete game shutout.

Abbott received a scare in the second inning when Shelby Pendley just missed a home run off the left field wall. Abbott was able to settle down and get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the second Osterman struck out Megan Blank to start the inning. Tammy Williams got on base after an error by shortstop Madison Shipman. This is when things came unraveled for the Pride as the next batter Danielle Zymkowitz reached base on a catcher’s interference. Vicky Galasso reached on a throwing error by Osterman, scoring Tammy Williams for the game’s only run. Zymkowitz originally scored on the same play but the third base umpire reversed the call. In total the Pride had three errors in the 2nd inning.

Abbott struck out Amanda Kamekona on the 100 pitch to put the final exclamation point on the MVP for the NPF Championship. Her combined line for the championship series was fourteen innings pitched, giving up just four hits with three walks and thirteen strikeouts.

The Pride’s hottest hitters, Shipman and Pendley went a combined 0-6 with three k’s.

Cat Osterman pitched her heart out for the two games giving up zero earned runs for the thirteen innings she pitched. The Pride defensive woes let her down for the second straight game.

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BOX SCORE: http://ow.ly/R1Dyt

LOCATION: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, AL.

 SCORE: Chicago Bandits 1, USSSA Pride 0

 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RECORDS: Bandits (4-0), Pride (2-2)


 

About Chicago Bandits

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.

About USSSA Florida Pride:

The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

 About National Pro Fastpitch

 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.  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 names 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 and has been since 2002.

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Bandits Rout Charge Behind Abbott’s Perfect Game

ROSEMONT, Ill – July 23, 2015 – Monica Abbott can add another milestone accomplishment to her already impressive resume following today’s 10-0 shutout of the Dallas Charge after pitching a perfect game for the second time in a Bandits uniform.

Abbott has been inching towards a perfect game all season. Three times this year, she’s thrown complete game shutouts while allowing just two hits or less.

“I don’t really keep track of (perfect games and no-hitters),” Abbott said. “Today, I got a lot of support, defensively and offensively, so it was a good day all around.”

It was evident from early on that Abbott was on pace to do something special in front of a season-high crowd of 1,502. She struck out the side in the first inning and no Charge batter made solid contact against her until a deep fly to right in the fifth inning. Abbott gave credit to her battery mate, Taylor Edwards, for calling a terrific game behind the plate.

“Today is a special day because it was me and Taylor’s (Edwards) first perfect game together, so we’re pretty excited about that.

After a scoreless top half of the first, Abbott was able to settle in for a stellar performance after the Bandits jumped all over Charge starter Vanessa Stokes in the bottom half of the frame. The Bandits tacked Stokes for four runs in the opening inning and that was more than enough support for Abbott.

Megan Blank (3-for-3, RBI, 3 R) opened up scoring with a RBI-infield single, which was followed by a two-RBI double on the next pitch by Edwards (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), extending the lead to 3-0. A wild pitch allowed another run to cross the plate, pushing the Bandits advantage to four.

“That early offense is what helps a pitcher get comfortable out there,” newly acquired Kailee Cuico said. Cuico (1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI), who was picked up by the Bandits after being released by the Akron Racers, smacked her first home run in a Bandits uniform later in the game. Taking the spotlight off herself, Cuico said with a chuckle that she is just glad to not have to face Abbott again, now that they are on the same team.

“The girls are great,” Cuico said. “The (Battle of the Sexes) game yesterday helped me get comfortable around the team during a game environment.”

Brenna Moss (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) also belted the first home run of her professional career, a two-run shot that just cleared the fence in right. That made the score 10-0, but the game was long out of reach with Abbott’s dominance in the circle.

“We talked a lot about how we’re going on this last stretch before playoffs and needing to start it off and get some momentum,” Abbott said. “We need to make a big push to have control of our own destiny.”

The Bandits are neck-and-neck with the USSSA Pride for the top spot in the NPF this season, with a margin of just 1.5 games separating the two rivals. Following this three-game series against the Charge, the Bandits will play four straight against the Pride, which should be telling for the playoff picture as the season winds down.

For now, though, the next game is out of the spotlight. All of the focus is on Abbott, who etched her name in the record books once again today.

As she was getting ready to leave the field to sign autographs, Abbott glanced to Edwards over in the dugout, grinned, and said, “We’re looking forward to the next one.”

Both teams return to action tomorrow for Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark. The Bandits will sport special Cancer Awareness jerseys which will be auctioned off via a silent auction with the proceeds benefitting various cancer organizations including Be the Match, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, A Silver Lining Foundation, CCare Lynch Syndrome and the American Liver Foundation. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

Tickets for tomorrow night and all remaining home games for the 2015 season are available now at www.chicagobandits.com or by calling the box office at 877-722-6348.

 

 BOX SCORE LINK: http://ow.ly/Q0KP7

 LOCATION: The Ballpark at Rosemont

SCORE: Bandits 10, Charge 0

 RECORDS: Bandits (23-10), Charge (12-22)

 

NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday, July 24 vs. Dallas Charge at 7:35 p.m. @ The Ballpark at Rosemont

 

2015 NPF Television Schedule- CBS Sports Network- Games begin on June 22 and run through August 18.

 

NOTES:

  • The Bandits have had an unfriendly welcome for the Charge in their inaugural season in the NPF, compiling a 6-1 record
  • Today’s announced attendance was 1,502, a season-high at The Ballpark at Rosemont
  • Monica Abbott’s ERA is down to an astounding 0.49 on the season

About Chicago Bandits

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.

About National Pro Fastpitch

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.  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 names 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 and has been since 2002.

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