RiverHawks to host Chicago Bandits in exhibition game tonight

By Joe McGehee
Staff Writer

     At 7:05 tonight, the Rockford RiverHawks will host the Chicago Bandits of  National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) in a “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition fast-pitch softball game at Road Ranger Stadium.

     Even though tonight’s game is an exhibition, it will be business as usual at the stadium, with the normal Thursday promotion, Dollar Beer Night, and their normal in-game promos like sumo wrestling and the dizzy bat race still taking place.

     The Bandits are members of the country’s only women’s professional softball league. Many of the players on their roster have represented the United States in the Olympics. Among them is Jennie Finch, a member of the 2004 Gold Medal winning team.

     The exhibition game was planned by RiverHawks general manager Josh Olerud and Bandits general manager Aaron Moore. The two hope to build upon the success of a similar game held last year between the Bandits and the Schaumburg Flyers, also of the Northern League. The Bandits emerged victorious by a final of 4-2, and the game drew a record crowd of 8,918 to Schaumburg’s Alexian Field.

     According to Olerud, the RiverHawks will sign two male fast-pitch pitchers to join the Rockford roster for the day.

     “They will pitch for us, because we are planning to win,” Olerud said through a statement released by the organization.