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Article updated: 7/30/2013 1:43 PM

Ace pitcher Finch returning to Rosemont


U.S. Olympic gold medalist and former Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch will join several of her former teammates before the Bandits game on Friday, Aug. 16.

The Bandits will take on the USSSA Pride at 7:35 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. with Finch and company signing autographs before to the game. The Jennie Finch camp will follow the next day.

Joining Finch and signing autographs will be former USA softball members Leah O'Brien Amico, Toni Mascarenas, Mackenzie Vandergeest and Crystl Bustos.

Finch earned a gold medal as a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team in Athens. She also is one of the most decorated players in NCAA softball history. A two-time recipient of the Honda Award, presented to the nation's best softball player, Finch holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins, with 60.

Finch played in the Bandits organization for five years from 2005-2010 and was one of the most decorated players to ever play in a Bandits uniform. In her first season in 2005, she fanned 144 batters and turned in a 0.88 ERA in 95 innings of work, en route to the NPF's Co-Pitcher of the Year award. In 2007, She won seven games and posted an ERA of 0.11 while striking out 119 batters and only walking 10. In 2009, Finch helped guide the Bandits to a first-place finish and regular-season championship with a 27--12 record. She pitched a perfect game for the Bandits in 2009 against the Philadelphia Force and another perfect game on July 9, 2010 against the Akron Racers.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Chicago Bandits at (877) 722-6348 or visit chicagobandits.com.

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