ROSEMONT, Ill. – Walks and bases loaded situations were the name of the game tonight as the Bandits and Diamonds faced off for game three of the series Saturday night in the Ballpark at Rosemont.
The Diamonds hit the field tonight with the same energy that they finished with during Friday night’s victory. Finding themselves in their first bases loaded situation of the night against Bandits starter Meagan Denny-White (2-3), Bianca Mejia’s grand slam over the center field wall gave the Diamonds an early 4-0 lead.
Sara Plourde (1-2) entered the circle for the Diamonds looking for her first career victory in the NPF. She started off strong not allowing any runs in the bottom of the first.
Denny-White continued to struggle in the second, with two straight walks bringing Rachel Folden to the plate. Her single to shallow center scored Jami Lobpries, increasing the Diamonds lead to 5. The Bandits responded in their half of the inning, scoring their first three runs of the game off an Amber Patton double making it 5-3.
Two walks and a double to start the Diamonds half of the third brought a pitching change for the Bandits, which sent Michelle Moses to the circle. The Bandits still didn’t have an answer for the Diamonds as back to back singles by GiOnna DiSalvatore and Mejia made it 9-3.
The Diamonds brought Amanda Locke in to pitch but the Bandits would go down quietly adding just one run to make it a 9-4 game.
Yet another bases loaded situation saw Chanda Bell enter the circle for the fifth inning. A single and bases loaded walk scored two runs for the Diamonds before the Bandits were finally able to get out of the inning.
The Bandits began to chip away at the Diamonds lead in their half of the fifth with a solo homer by Goler, followed by hits from Shannon Doepking and Vicky Galindo to give cut the Diamonds lead to four. But, the Diamonds showed no mercy as they added eight more runs in the sixth after home runs by Kelsi Weseman and Natalie Villarreal to make it 19-7.
That would be the final score as the Bandits were unable to muster any offense in the bottom of sixth and seventh innings.
“Now is the best time to get through ‘hiccups’, not during the Championship Series”, said Denny-White referring to tonight’s loss.
Both teams return to action tomorrow night for the series finale with first pitch scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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