Slammers take on the all-women Bandits Monday

7/16/2015, 5:22 p.m.
The battle of the sexes will feature the Chicago Bandits' ace Monica Abbott, who's considered one of the top pitchers ...
The Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch will face off against the Joliet Slammers in a game Monday night at Silver Cross Field.

The Joliet Slammers provided this news story:

The Joliet Slammers, presented by ATI Physical Therapy, are just days away from taking on the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch, and their dominating lefty, Monica Abbott.

The team’s ace will pitch at least one inning for the Bandits Monday. Abbott is widely considered to be one of the top two or three pitchers in the world. She holds many collegiate records and has pitched for Team USA in addition to pitching for the Bandits since 2011.

All youth softball teams, high school age and under, that purchase group or fundraiser tickets will be allowed on the field with the Bandits from 5 PM-6 PM. Gates open to all fans at 6:05 PM. All softball players must wear their jersey top. No parents or coaches are allowed on the field during this time- players only. If the age of your team is too young to be on the field without an adult then they cannot go on the field. No adults, no exceptions.

Both the Joliet Slammers and Chicago Bandits will be available for autographs/photos following the game.

Last year the Slammers were shown a thing or two as they took on the Netherlands National team, losing 4-0 in seven innings. The crowd was wildly entertained as Slammers players at times looked like they were facing Randy Johnson from 40 feet away.

Slammers season ticket holder, Chris Colwell, even got into the action by winning a roster spot auctioned off prior to the event.

The Bandits have consistently proven to be one of the best teams National Pro Fastpitch has to offer. Coach Michael Steuerwald is returning for a sixth season with the team after taking a year off, and has helped lead the Bandits to NPF Championship appearances in each of his previous five seasons with a victory in 2011. Many players will also be returning from last season with a few new faces for the upcoming season.

Outfielders Brittany Cervantes and Tammy Williams highlight the Bandits offense. Cervantes won the Worth Home Run Award last season with a league leading 12 home runs to go along with 41 RBIs. Williams tied for second in the NPF with 9 home runs. Emily Allard was second in the league last year with an impressive .385 batting average.