Bandits Blank Pride 4-0

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. –July 30- Monica Abbott struck out 10 and tossed a two-hit shutout to power the Chicago Bandits to a 4-0 victory over the USSSA Pride in the four-game series finale Thursday night at EastSide Centre. For the second time in as many nights the Bandits jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer.  Taylor Edwards followed a Brittany Cervantes double to leadoff the contest and an Amber Patton single with her three-run shot to center to provide all the scoring Chicago would need. Abbott gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the first to Natasha Watley, who followed up … [Read more...]

Pride Fall to Bandits Following Walk-Off Homerun in Extras, 3-0

Keilani Ricketts had a stellar pitching performance Monday night. Striking out 15 batters in 8.2 innings pitched.

Article courtesy of the Chicago Bandits ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 27, 2015 – In her last outing, Monica Abbott was perfect against the Dallas Charge. In Monday night’s series opener against the USSSA Pride, she was not perfect. However, she was equally as impressive, tossing all nine innings in a thrilling 3-0 walk-off victory for the Bandits. It was a much-needed win for the Bandits, who entered tonight’s game even with the Pride in the loss column, but with four less wins. With the victory, the Bandits moved to within a half game of catching their NPF rivals for the top spot in the … [Read more...]

Bandits Blank Pride 2-0

The Pride fell to the Chicago Bandits Wednesday night 2-0. Photo by Kit Mohr

Kissimmee, FL - July 15th- Chicago’s Monica Abbott tossed a one-hitter as the Bandits (22-9) shutout the USSSA Pride (21-8) 2-0 Wednesday night at Champion Stadium. Chicago jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat on Vicky Galasso’s RBI single back through the middle, scoring Tammy Williams. The Bandits added another run in the next frame as Brenna Moss reached on a two-base overthrow by the Pride third baseman and was singled home by Emily Allard two batters later. Monica Abbott (W, 7-1) retired the first ten Pride batters of the game and 12 of the first 13 before surrendering … [Read more...]

Bandits Make Quick Work Of Pride – Capture Cowles Cup

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Sulphur, LA - All season long the USSSA Florida Pride had softball fans confident that they would repeat as Cowles Cup Champions.  The Chicago Bandits never got that memo as they struck early and often in a 10-3 rout of the defending and regular season National Pro Fastpitch champions here at the NPF Championship Series at McMurry Park. Series MVP, Monica Abbott kept the Pride off balance for the second day in a row and avoided a deciding game 3 by ending the Pride's hopes of taking the Cowles Cup back home with them.  The Bandits took advantage of a 5 run 1st inning and scattered 5 … [Read more...]

ESPNW: Bandits steal late win from Pride

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  SULPHUR, La. -- You could write a book about the sum total of big plays, strange turns and general oddities that occurred on a steamy Saturday night in Sulphur, but with just more than 15 hours separating Monica Abbott's pitch that Charlotte Morgan swung on and missed to the first pitch of the next game Sunday, there wouldn't be enough time to read it. That's the thing about the postseason. There isn't much time to dwell until there's all the time in the world. In a game in which momentum swung back and forth like the pendulum of a grandfather clock in a gale, the Chicago … [Read more...]