SAN MARCOS, TX (June 25, 2017) — The Chicago Bandits put up three runs in the first against Texas then added a big 2-spot in the top of the sixth and pulled away from the Charge for a 6-3 victory Sunday, June 25 at Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos.
The Bandits (11-9) will continue their 11-day, 9-game road trip Tuesday in Akron against the Racers. The Charge (8-8) head out on a 19-day, 14-game road trip, starting with a two-game set Tuesday and Wednesday against the Scrapyard Dawgs in Colorado.
Chicago's Haylie Wagner (6-2) got the win in relief of starter Lacey Waldrup, shutting down the Charge on just one hit and one walk while striking out two over 3.2 innings. Texas starter Lauren Haeger (0-3) suffered the loss by giving up four runs (all earned) in five innings (and 98 pitches), walking two and fanning four. She also hit a batter, as did reliever Brittany Mack-Oakes, who gave up two runs on one hit and a walk in the top of the sixth inning to Chicago.
Emily Vincent finished the game for the Charge in the circle, retiring all three batters she saw (one on a strikeout) in the seventh.
But by the time Vincent came in, the Bandits - who took 2-of-3 from Texas in the weekend series - had taken the 6-3 lead. Vaultz Lock-it-Up Player of the Game Sammy Marshall (2-fo-4, double, triple, two RBI and run scored) laced a triple to right-center off Haeger to open the game. Emily Carosone (1-for-2, RBI) brought her in with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
Two outs later, with Natalie Hernandez on base via fielder's choice, Emily Crane hit a line shot that just cleared the left-center field fence for her second homer of the season, giving the Bandits a 3-0 lead after a half-inning.
But back came the Charge. Taylor Gadbois hit a bouncer to Waldrup, who then threw the ball away, allowing Gadbois to get to third. One out later, Haeger plated Gadbois with a ground out, cutting the lead to 3-1.
After a scoreless frame by Haeger in the circle, Texas tied in with two in the bottom of the second. Katiyana Mauga was hit by a pitch and Amanda Kamekona walked; Renada Davis then sacrificed them to second and third. Brittany Gomez grounded out, bringing in Mauga. Gadbois lined a single that scored Kamekona with the tying run, knotting it at 3-all after two.
The Bandits took the lead for good in the fourth. Megan Blank and Stacy May-Johnson reacher Haeger for back-to-back singles, then Haeger hit Danielle Zymkowitz to lead the bases. One out later, Marshall plated Blank on a sharp ground out to shortstop to make it 4-3.
The Bandits then padded the lead with a run-scoring double by Ally Ramirez and another RBI bounce out by Marshall for the final 6-3 margin of victory.
Waldrup finished the game with 3.1 innings pitched before giving way to Wagner, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking three and striking out one.
Game Time: 2:09
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Sammy Marshall (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.