AKRON, OH – August 12, 2012 – The Chicago Bandit’s took full advantage of the Akron Racers’ errors in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
The Bandits took an early lead in the first inning with four runs on three hits. The Racers answered back when Lisa Modglin blasted a two-run home run over right field followed immediately by Sam Marder’s solo home run to center field.
Kristina Thorson (4-6) shut out the Bandits in the second inning, with three at-bats. The Racers scored two runs in the second, giving them the lead at 5-4.
In the top of the third, after a walk and single, Hillary Bach (5-7) entered the pitching circle for the Racers.
Patton accepted the challenge and hit a single bringing in one RBI. Tammy Williams followed that with another single leaving the bases loaded for Amanda William’s single to center field, which brought in two more runs for Chicago.
The Racers struck back with two outs, but it wasn’t enough to stop Megan Wiggin’s grand slam earning the Bandits seven runs in third inning.
The Racers responded with a solo home run over left field made by Aja Paculba, leaving the score 11-6.
Lisa Norris (4-8) came in for Bach in the top of the fourth after being set up for Shannon Doepking’s three-run home run over left field.
The Bandits replaced Michelle Moses (0-3) with Chanda Bell (2-1) in the bottom of the fourth inning.
It seemed to be a struggle in the pitching circle for the Racers as Jen Mineau replaced Norris in the top of the fifth inning. The Racers used four of their five pitchers in one game.
The Racers made one last move in the bottom of the sixth with Sharonda McDonald scoring one RBI followed by Marder’s grand slam closing the gap to only a five-run difference.
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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.