ROSEMONT – There’s an old adage in baseball and softball terms that says “walks kill” and that was clearly the story today in the Bandits 11-1 loss at the hands of the Akron Racers.
Chicago (7-3) sent rookie free agent pitcher Michelle Moses to the circle in the series finale and she made it through three innings without allowing any runs. Her luck would run out in the fourth inning as she surrendered five runs on just two hits.
Akron’s rally started with back-to-back one out walks issued to Brianna Hesson and Taylor Schlopy. After a strikeout by Moses off pinch hitter Lexy Bennett and another free walk, NPF veteran Sharonda McDonald hit the first pitch she saw in the at-bat to centerfield for the first run of the game. Lisa Modglin, another one of Akron’s veterans, came up next and delivered the big hit of the game. Her bases clearing double to left field made the score 4-0 and chased Moses from the game.
Moses (0-1), who was just signed on Tuesday, finished the game with 3 2/3 innings pitched and allowed five runs, five walks and four hits. She also recorded two strikeouts in the game.
Akron would add another run in the fourth off reliever Meagan Denny-White before she was able to retire the side.
Four runs was enough run support for Racers starter Kristina Thorson as she looked in control against her former team. The former NPF Rookie of the Year kept the Bandits at bay all day, as she surrendered just one run over six innings of work to improve her record to 3-2 on the season.
Akron (5-5) increased its lead in the fifth inning with two more runs and opened the game wide open with four additional runs in the sixth inning.
The Bandits would score their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Amber Patton. Patton finished the day perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 to improve her average to .333. Vangie Galindo and Adrienne Monka each picked up their first professional hit in the game for Chicago.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.