Emily Allard of Chicago Bandit Photo By Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill- July 24, 2015 - After being shutout by Monica Abbott’s perfect game during Thursday’s matinee, the Charge scored four runs in the first two innings to knockout Bandits starter, Michelle Gascoigne, after 1.1 innings pitched.
Renada Davis led off the first for the Charge with a double to left and would come around to give Dallas a 1-0 lead. Eri Yamada advanced Davis to third with a sacrifice bunt and Lauren Haeger batted her in with a single to center. Gascoigne then fanned Nadia Taylor and received a web gem diving catch by first baseman Megan Blank for the third out.
Dallas leftfielder Mikey Kenney hit a three run shot to left to increase the Charge lead to 4-0 in the second and bring on Lacey Waldrop in relief for Gascoigne. Taylor Thom led off the inning with a triple to deep center and Gascoigne walked Brianna Cherry to put runners on the corners for Kenney.
Kazuki Watanabe singled to third to score Cherry in the third inning to put the Charge up 5-0.
Haeger started in the circle for Dallas. She allowed three hits throughout the first five innings before giving up four in the last two innings in her complete game win.
“I think that we hit the ball hard in a lot of situations and just didn’t find holes,” Bandits third baseman Amber Patton (2 for 4, 2B) said. “We hit her hard tonight. It just wasn’t our night for that.”
Yamada hit a sacrifice fly to center in the sixth to add an insurance run and make the score 6-0.
The Bandits scraped across two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-2. Vicky Galasso and Danielle Zymkowitz hit back-to-back singles to start the two out rally. Kailee Cuico hit an infield popup that was dropped by Charge catcher, Watanabe, to score Galasso. Taylor Edwards then lined a double to left as a pinch hitter for Brenna Moss to score Zymkowitz.
“It’s all about momentum at that point and giving ourselves a chance to get a tying run to the plate,” Patton said of the sixth inning offense. “Scoring those two runs is huge just for momentum reasons.”
Dallas earned back both runs in the top of the seventh after Cherry and Kenney hit back-to-back singles. Both came around to score on a Renada Davis double to left. Yamada hit a single to left to score Davis and finalize the Charge victory at 9-2. Sara Moulton came on for the Bandits to close out the game.
Chicago looks to win this home series against Dallas tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
“A lot of things didn’t go our way but you have to take the positives from that game, how we fought and how we competed,” Patton said. “We are still definitely in a good situation to win this series tomorrow. We will take the good things in this game and go get them tomorrow.”
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• Tonight’s promotion was Cancer Awareness Night. The Bandits wore special Cancer Awareness jerseys that were auctioned off via a silent auction with the proceeds benefitting various cancer organizations including Be the Match, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, A Silver Lining Foundation, CCare Lynch Syndrome and the American Liver Foundation.
• Announced attendance was 1,611 which is the largest crowd at the Ballpark this season.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.