Lisle,Ill It was a whirlwind of a game between the missing player in the lineup, protests of calls, back-to-back homeruns by gold medalists, and a fan winning $5,000. The Chicago Bandits took the victory in this wild game against the New England Riptide, 7-2.
Lauren Bay started in the circle for Chicago. With a strong defense behind her, the Bandits retired the first three batters for New England.
The Bandits set the tone for the game early on in the first inning when they batted through the entire order. Out of the 9 batters, 5 of them earned hits in the inning, Jaime Clark and Christina Enea both with marking doubles. Clark, Enea and Selena Collins all drove in runs bringing the Bandits ahead at 3-0.
Chicago continued to rip through the ball in the second inning. After the lead off hitter Vicky Galindo hit a hard shot back to the pitcher Danielle Henderson who deflected the ball to put Galindo on first, the Riptide switched things up and brought Tammy Nielsen in to pitch. Nielsen got into a little trouble when she walked two batters to load the bases. Galindo scored on Collins fly ball to left field, but the next batter the Riptide closed the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Riptide retaliated by putting a run on the board. Kellie Wilkerson looked at a ball four to bring her to first. Next up to bat, Jess Merchant found the gap in deep right centerfield for a stand up double and an RBI, her 15th RBI of the season.
When Galindo led off for the third time this game, she hit the ball down the left field line. Left fielder Ashley Moore made quite the effort when she hustled toward the ball and dove, just coming short of the ball to send Galindo to second. Clark sacrifice flied out to deep shortstop to bring home Galindo, for a 5-1
The Riptide continued to put up a fight in the fifth inning with three batters in a row earning hits. Rachael McGinnis was substituted in for Ashley Moore to bat and produced a double. Jen Scavone and Ashley Courtney followed McGinnis act with a single from each to score McGinnis, 5-2.
After the hits, Amy Harre replaced Bay in the circle to earn a save. In her 4.1 inning performance, Bay had given up 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
In the middle of Mackenzie Vandergeests at bat, the New England coaches and team protested to the umpire. Chicago coaches had put Vandergeest in to bat in the fifth inning, but had forgotten to add her onto the official roster. It was an overlook by the coaches because Vandergeest was added onto the team in the middle of the season and had not been added onto the pre-typed lineup cards. Vandergeest was called out and runners were sent back to their bags.
Controversy arose again on the field when the officials called interference on McGinnis as she was making her way to first. The bases were loaded with Riptide runners when McGinnis hit a ground ball down the first base line. Second basemen Gina Oaks threw the ball home for the force. The ball from Oaks flew past the catchers glove which would have made the run score, however the umpires called runner interference on McGinnis, stating that she was in the way of the play. McGinnis was out and the runners had to return to their previous bases.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the unimaginable happened to one lucky fan. Olympic gold medalists Jamie Clark and Jennie Finch hit back-to-back homeruns, which is what exactly needs to occur for the Back-to-Back Jack promotion from the United Community Bank of Lisle. When the homeruns occurred in the sixth inning, Kathy Walshon of New Lenox automatically won $5,000. For the rest of the $5,000 story, click here.
New England pitcher Nielsen 5 hits, walked 2, and only struck out 1. Harre finished up sriking out 2 and only walking 1.