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Finch will join Bandits in third 'Battle of Sexes'
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Chicago Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch, here pitching for Team USA, will take part in a "Battle of the Sexes" softball game against the Joliet Jackhammers next month.


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Published: 7/19/2010 2:28 PM

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Chicago Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch will join her temmates in their second Battle of the Sexes game next month against the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League.

Finch, who was absent during past Battle of the Sexes games, has been on a hot streak against National Pro Fastpitch competition this season, with a 3-1 record, three complete games and a perfect game on her resume.

"We're looking forward to having the best pitcher in softball compete against the men," said Bandits general manager Aaron Moore. "People always debate if men can hit her pitches, so now everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to see if they can touch it against any of our pitchers."

The latest "Battle of the Sexes," with fastpitch softball rules, will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

Finch is no stranger to Silver Cross Field. Last time she made an appearance there she threw a perfect game against the Akron Racers as the Bandits defeated the Racers 2-0. She struck out 11 on her way to the victory.

It was her second perfect game with the Bandits, her first coming in the 2009 season against the Philadelphia Force.

The Bandits dominated the last time they faced off in a gender battle back in June, when the defeated the Northern League's Rockford Riverhawks 5-0.

"So far we're 2-0 in (Battle of Sexes) games," said Bandits owner Bill Sokolis. "We took down the (Schaumbrug) Flyers and Riverhawks, now it's time to beat the Jackhammers.

"I might have to stop arranging these games if no one can beat us. We almost no-hit the Riverhawks in June. If we steamroll the Jackhammers it might be time to stop the boys vs girls games."