Brittany Cervantes Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (June 10, 2016) – The Chicago Bandits (4-2) comeback fell just short in a 6-5 loss to the Dallas Charge (3-2) on Friday night.
The Bandits jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a booming homerun to straightaway center field from first baseman Brittany Cervantes (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI). That early advantage held up until the third, when the Charge put a five-run inning together against Bandits pitcher Shelby Turnier (L, 0-1), making her first professional start.
Turnier retired the first batter of the inning, but two hits and a walk loaded the bases for Charge shortstop Renada Davis, who tied the game with a two-RBI double. Turnier fanned the next batter but designated player Lauren Haeger crushed a three-run home run to the party deck to put the Charge ahead. Haeger would later shift to the circle and was able to hold off a late Bandits surge.
“(Turnier) was mixing her speeds really well and her pitches were great,” catcher Kellsi Kloss – who made her NPF debut – said. “Of course she’s going to go back and look at that third inning to see what was wrong, but other than that she did great.”
Turnier retired the Charge in order in four of her seven innings pitched and finished with six runs allowed on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
The Charge added an insurance run in the sixth on a solo home run from left fielder Kylee Lahners. However, the Bandits would not go quietly.
Kloss (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) belted a two-run home run just inside the left field foul pole to bring the Bandits to within a pair of runs.
“My first hit in college was a homerun so I guess it was kind of appropriate that my first hit in the pros was a homerun, too,” Kloss said. “It was a good feeling.”
The Bandits rally fell one run short in the seventh after left fielder Emily Allard was able to score from second on a failed double play attempt on right fielder Natalie Hernandez’s at bat.
Haeger got the Charge out of the final frame despite allowing two singles.
After dropping their first series of 2016, Kloss said the team needs to focus on one game at a time going forward.
“Whatever is in the past is in the past and [we will] just look forward to the next game,” Kloss said. “[This] series is over and now we have to win a series in Pennsylvania.”
The Bandits leave the Ballpark at Rosemont for the first time this season for a five-game road trip beginning Saturday against the Pennsylvania Rebellion with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m CST.
Tickets for 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.
- Tonight’s attendance was 1,096
- Jill Barrett has hit safely in all six games this season (STATS)
- Emily Allard has a five game hit streak, including four multiple hit games
- Kellsi Kloss (HR) and Kristen Brown (2 1Bs) recorded their first career NPF hits tonight
- Taylor Edwards played in her first game this season after missing the first five games while playing in Japan
- Next Bandits Game: Saturday, June 11, 2016 vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion at 6:05 p.m. CST at Consol Energy Park.
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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