Renada Davis (Texas Charge) Photo by: Allie Martinez courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
SAN MARCOS (June 23, 2017) — An untimely defensive miscue in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Chicago Bandits’ 3-2 win Friday night over Texas at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The Charge and Bandits found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 through seven innings after Texas’ Mysha Sataraka delivered a game-tying single in the bottom of the sixth.
Chicago vaulted ahead when Emily Crane led off the eighth with a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and came in to score following an error.
The Charge (7-7) failed to get a rally going in the bottom of the seventh, as Bandits reliever Lacey Waldrop sat Texas down in order to secure the victory.
The game began as a pitchers’ duel between the Charge’s Lauren Haeger and Chicago’s Haylie Wagner. Haeger tossed seven innings and allowed a pair of runs on eight hits, while Wagner worked five frames and surrendered two runs on four hits.
Waldrop held Texas scoreless in the final three innings despite issuing three walks. Three strikeouts helped her pick up the win.
Brittany Mack-Oakes took a tough defeat from the pitcher’s circle following the Bandits’ unearned run in the top of the eighth. Mack-Oakes allowed just one hit and struck out one.
Haeger struck out four in the no decision and also supplied a solo home run in the third, finishing 1 for 3 from the plate.
Sataraka, Taylor Gadbois, Nadia Taylor, Katiyana Mauga and Brittany Gomez each collected one hit in the setback. Gomez’s base hit was a double that raised her average to .308 on the season.
Chicago’s Sammy Marshall finished 3 for 5 with an RBI.
The Charge, currently in the midst of a three-game losing skid, will look to get back in the win column tonight in a rematch with the Bandits. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos.
Game Time: 2:30
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Abby Ramirez (Chicago Bandits)
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.texascharge.net
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 NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.