Michelle Gascoigne photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (June 8, 2016) – The visiting Dallas Charge handed the Bandits their first loss of the season in Wednesday night’s series opener by defeating the Bandits by a score of 4-2.
Charge pitcher, Lauren Haeger, was solid in the circle for Dallas as she held the Bandits to two runs on four hits to pick up her first victory of the season.
Michelle Gascoigne (L, 1-1) did well to keep the Bandits within striking distance, but a two-run home run off the bat of Kylee Lahners (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) in the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner.
“I thought we hit the ball well tonight, we just hit it right at people,” Bandits shortstop, Jill Barrett said, “In softball, that’s what happens sometimes. You just have to find the spots and wiggle some through.”
Barrett went 1-for-4 in tonight’s contest, pushing her hitting streak to four games to open up the season. Emily Allard also collected a pair of hits, but that represented the majority of the Bandits offense against Haegar.
As part of her productive night at the plate, Lahners smacked a two-RBI double to left-center in the fourth to open up the scoring in what then was a scoreless pitcher’s duel.
The Bandits responded back in the bottom of the fifth inning when a throwing error on a routine grounder to short allowed pinch-runner, Allie Bauch, to score Chicago’s first run of the game. Sammy Marshall, who reached on the Renada Davis error, came in to score on an RBI groundout by Barrett.
Lahners’ home run in the sixth was too much for the Bandits, however, as they could not find another late comeback.
“We need to bounce back tomorrow and then hopefully take the series on Friday night,” Barrett said.
The Bandits and Charge will square off tomorrow night in game two with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for Thursday’s game and all remaining home games during the 2016 season are on sale now. Visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348 to order.
About the Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com. About the Chicago Bandits
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, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-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 2016 season will be the Bandits 12th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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