Lisle, Ill. The Comcast Chicago Bandits kicked off the month of June with a blast as they shut out the Venezuelan National Team 6-0 in front of numerous Black and Orange faithful. Chicago extended its winning streak against the international squad to three games as the Bandits claimed the series between the two teams three games to one last year. The season opener was highlight by Peaches James (pictured) 11 strikeout performance.
James started her Bandit campaign off by striking out the first three batters she faced in the first inning and continued to K-ill the Venezuela team through the next four innings before being relieved by rookie Missy Beseres. James, a former New York Juggernaut, gave up only two hits in 19 batters faced through five innings. Beseres recorded the first strikeout of her professional career as she froze Venezuelas Zuelima Cirimelle at the plate in the top of the sixth inning and added another K in the seventh.
Another newcomer, Trena Peel, proved her importance to the Bandit squad this evening after going 2-for-3 (.666) with two RBI. Peel joined James in her travels to Chicago as both were teammates in New York last season. Gina Oaks, returning for her second year with the Bandits, notched the first hit of the season for the club as she singled on a bunt in the second inning. Oaks also went 2-for-3 in addition to knocking in two more runs for the team.
The Bandits broke out in the fourth inning, scoring all six of their runs and batting through the line. The momentum change began as Jaime Clark reached first after being hit by pitch. Nicole Trimboli recorded her first hit as a Bandit after she ripped a shot down the first base line, ricocheting off of the first basemans glove and advancing Clark to second base. Mackenzie Vandergeest reached on a fielders choice after Mairet Perez attempted to tag Clark who was running on the play but managed to slide under Perezs glove. With the bases loaded Selena Collins hit was knocked down by shortstop Denisse Fuenmayor who attempted throw Clark out a home but an error by the catcher would allow both Clark and Trimboli to score. Gina Oaks added two more runs to the Bandit cause after doubling to left, tallying two RBI as Collins and Vandergeest crossed home plate. Later in the inning with bases loaded once again Trena Peel peeled off a double to the right center gap to score Megan Ciolli and Christina Enea.
The fourth inning would prove to be the game-maker as neither team scored in the later innings. The Bandits six runs ties their best scoring performance against the Venezuela squad as they won by a score of 6-1 in the final game of last years series. The six times home plate was crossed today marks the most runs the hometown favorites have scored against the international squad.
The second game of the four-game series will be played tomorrow evening in Lisle, Ill., with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m.
Contact: Natalie Johnson, Chicago Bandits Sports Information Director, 319-621-6598