Dallas Escobedo (Texas Charge) Photo by: Allie Martinez courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
SAN MARCOS(June 24, 2017) — Pitching and defense stole the show for the second consecutive night Saturday in San Marcos, as the Charge held on for a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Bandits.
Texas starter Dallas Escobedo took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a solo home run and a single. Brittany Mack-Oakes put the finishing touches on the triumph out of the bullpen, striking out Alexa Peterson to pick up the save.
Escobedo finished with four strikeouts en route to earning the win.
“I took my time today and just kind of felt the breeze and got my pitches where I wanted them and it was all good,” Escobedo said. “You can’t make a mistake and they’re a very good hitting team and she hopped on my one mistake today.”
The Charge (8-7) plated their first run in the bottom of the second after Nadia Taylor walked, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Koral Costa was then hit by a pitch and Texas executed a double steal that allowed Taylor to sprint home.
An insurance run was added in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor drew a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Brittany Gomez, who advanced to third on a single by Mysha Sataraka before coming in to score on a wild pitch.
The Charge’s second run of the game proved to be vital, as the Bandits’ Natalie Hernandez hit a solo home run to center field with one out in the top of the seventh. Escobedo induced a groundout moments later, but Chicago’s Emily Crane kept her team alive by singling to right center.
Mack-Oakes ended the threat by freezing Peterson on a pitch that found the corner of the plate.
Texas’ victory snapped a three-game losing skid.
“I think we all just talked about it and said, ‘We’re better than that,’” Escobedo said. “I just kind of stayed in my own little rhythm and zone. I felt good today, and as the game went on, (catcher Kristyn) Sandberg was calling what was working, and she’s my brain. I give a lot to her because she’s fantastic back there.”
Sandberg also collected a hit in the contest, as did Katiyana Mauga.
The defensive play of the game came from Costa, who tracked down a long fly ball to record the final out in the top of the sixth.
The Charge and Bandits are scheduled to close their current three-game series today with a 1:05 p.m. matinee at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Game Time: 1:53
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Dallas Escobedo (Texas Charge)
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