Lowell, MAAfter rain halted the New England Riptide's opening day game against the Chicago Bandits, weather continued to haunt the Tide washing out their Saturday game. The Riptide was finally able to take the field Sunday to finish up the game that was halted in a 3-3 tie after the conclusion of the sixth inning.
The game picked up where it left off at the beginning of the seventh inning, Jocelyn Forest remained in the circle for the Riptide after pitching all six innings Friday night. Forest walked the first batter, Bandits catcher Selena Collins. Jessica Williams entered the game to pinch run for Collins. The next better Christina Enea hit into a fielder's choice allowing Riptide shortstop Destiny Frankenstein to throw Williams out at second. Enea then stole second on a wild pitch. Bandits Vicky Galindo then blasted a triple into right center scoring Enea. Chicago had managed to successfully break the tie putting themselves on top 4-3. Riptide pitcher Danielle Henderson came in to relieve Forest with Galindo a scoring threat on third. The Riptide defense tightened up behind Henderson. Chicago's Anne Steffan laid down a bunt that got her safely aboard, and she managed to steal second as the Riptide focused on holding Galindo at third. Chicago's Clark was next to bat, hitting to Jackie Pasquerella at third. Pasquerella then fired the ball home to catcher KJ Kelley who tagged out Galindo. Steffan advanced to third and Clark stole second putting two runners in scoring position for the Bandits. New England uickly shut down the Bandit advance when the next batter Nicole Trimboli popped out to Kelley behind the plate.
The Riptide struggled offensively in the bottom of the seventh. Lyndsey Angus
was first to the plate facing Bandits pitcher Missy Beseres. Beseres came in
to relieve Amy Harre earlier in the halted game. Angus grounded out to second
and Beseres insured a Bandit win by earning consecutive strikeouts against
designated player Tarrah Beyster and Jen Scavone.
The Bandits went on to win the halted game 4-3. After the conclusion of the
halted game the Riptide prepared to take the field for a double header against
the Bandits with games scheduled to begin at 3:05 and 7:05.