AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Racers brought a three run comeback and an extra inning effort to their final home game of the 2008 season, but the Chicago Bandits (24-16) were determined to ruin their night and did.Samantha Findlay’s eighth inning home run (6) carried the Chicago Bandits to a 4-3 victory over the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game completed the four-game sweep.The homerun broke 3.2 innings of scoreless softball thrown by Jamee Juarez. Chicago’s Stacy May led off the scoring in the third inning with a solo home run (10). Then in the fourth inning, Bandit catcher Emily Nichols singled. Ashley Carlson came in to pinch run and was sacrificed over to second on a bunt by Laura Harms. Shortstop Aileen Morales was then walked by an injured Angela Tincher, who left with soreness in her right arm following the walk to Morales.
Jamee Juarez came in to relieve Tincher, and again it was Stacy May who came through for the Bandits, plating both runners on a double to right-center field. May was then thrown out at third base, but not before Chicago took a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Racers (19-21) struck back as Susan Ogden hit a solo home run (4). The next batter, India Chiles then tripled to right center, and was brought in on an error on an Angelena Mexicano two-out ground ball to pitcher Tracie Adix. Adix fielded the ball clean, but rushed her throw to first-baseman Samantha Findlay, which got away and allowed Chiles to score and make the game 3-2.
The Racers then tied up the game after another throwing error by Adix allowed Veronica Wootson to get aboard the bases to lead off the bottom of the fifth. She was then moved to second on a Norrelle Dickson groundout, and scored on an RBI single by Kristen Butler (33).
Angela Tincher started and got a no-decision for Akron, after going 3.1 innings, and striking out 4.Her four strikeouts places Tincher in the league for strikeouts (132) as well as wins (12).Tincher allowed three earned runs, two hits, and walked six. Jamee Juarez (0-4) received the loss for Akron, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run and only two hits.
For the Bandits, Jessica Sallinger started and also received a no-decision after going 3.1 innings. Sallinger struck out three and allowed one earned run. Tracie Adix came in for Chicago in relief, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing one unearned run and one hit. Kristina Thorson (8-5) received the victory for the Bandits, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, and allowing three hits while striking out one.
Stacy May led Chicago, going 2 for 4 with a home run, double, 3 RBI, and a walk, while Samantha Findlay also homered and had an RBI (14). Emily Nichols had the only other hit for Chicago. Akron was led by Susan Ogden and India Chiles. Ogden homered and had an RBI, while Chiles was 2 for 4 with a triple. Kristen Butler had two singles.
The Racers will now travel to Washington to take on the defending NPF Champion Glory on Aug. 8 through 11 and then to Philadelphia for four games between Aug. 13 and 16 to close out the regular season.The Racers still cling to a fourth place spot and the final playoff seed, while Chicago moves into a tie for second place.