Lisle, Ill. The Bandits started off their second homestand of the season at Benedictine University against Chinese Taipei. Starting on the mound for the night was righty Amy Harre. Coming into the match-up, Harre is 4-0 on the season. With the teams second loss in the books, the Chicago Bandits are looking to come back tomorrow afternoon to better there 7-2 record.
Making her debut for the 2006 NPF season, Jennie Finch stepped up to the plate at 7:36 p.m. for the first pitch of her second year with the Bandits; filling the number 6 spot in the squads batting order.
In the top of the third, the weather looked like it was going to take a turn for the worst. After the first out of the inning, storms started to roll in for the west, with wind gusts reaching 20 m.p.h. Even as the black clouds started to fill the blue skies of Lisle, the Bandits were able to stay focused. Li Chiu Ching walked to put a runner on first. The next batter, Chen Maio Yi, singled to left field, advancing Chiu Ching to second. After a past ball by Collins, both Chinese Taipei players advance on a past ball. Lo Hsio Ting would later advance to second on a fielders choice that was rocketed down the third base line, where an amazing snag and throw home by Vicki Galindo tagged Chiu Ching out at home. The damage was done though when Chiang Hui Chan singled to score Miao Yi, giving Chinese Taipei the 1-0 lead.
As the Bandits stepped up to the plate in the third, Amanda Williams started off the inning with a walk, followed by Selena Collins hit by pitch to bring runners to first and second. Both players would go onto advance to second and third with a passed ball to the backstop. Next up, Anne Steffan hit a shot at the Chinese Taipei second baseman, Pan Tzu Hui. In the process, Williams broke towards home in an attempt to score the Bandits first run of the game, but was tagged out at the plate. With play still alive, Steffan rounded first to try to get involved in a rundown to score Collins at third, but was unsuccessful and got tagged out heading to second.
As the Bandits thought that the storm had pass, the rain really started to come down in the top of the fourth.
The Bandits were able to really get things moving in the bottom of the fifth inning, with a spark from Jennie Finchs first career hit of the season with a stand up double off the left field fence. Jessica Williams went in to pinch run for Finch at second. The teams momentum kept on rolling as Amanda Williams was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Collins went on to load the bases with a walk for her second appearance at the plate. At this time, Jessica Sallinger checked into the game to pinch run for Collins. In a substitution for Anne Steffan, newcomer Stacy May stepped up to the plate to pinch hit. With a well placed sacrifice fly to deep left field, Jessica Williams was able to tag up and score safely at home, with all runners also advancing to the next base.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bandits attempted once again to push one across as Trena Peel started the inning with a single to right center. Following Peels hit, Clark was able to reach first on a fielders choice. Mackenzie Vandergeest went on to advance Clark all the way to third on a beautiful bunt single to the left side. Laura Harms entered the game to pinch run for Vandergeest at first. With Bandits runners at first and third, Harms broke for second on a steal attempt. As Chinese Taipei catcher Yun Chi threw down to second, Clark took off towards home. The ball was cut off by the second baseman, Tzu Hui, and thrown home to catch Clark trying to sneak in with the backdoor slide, cutting the Bandits offensive short once again
Chinese Taipei busted the game open when Lai Meng Ting singled to the right side in the top of the seventh. The hits continued as Li Chiu Ching hit a rocket single up the middle to bring runners to first and second. After the pair of hits, Finch made her debut on the mound to replace Harre, who had three runs off of eight hits by Chinese Taipei. Chen Miao Yi stepped to the plate to single to right field to score Meng Ting, as Chiu Ching was able to advance to third. With runners now on first and third, Chinese Taipei aggressively went for the double steal. As Collins attempted to throw out the runner stealing second, Chui Ching stole home, putting the Bandits in the hole as Chinese Taipei took the lead now 3-1.
The Bandits did not role over though. Finch was able to get the Bandits their first base runner by reaching first on a hit by pitch. The Bandits picked up two quick back to back outs before Steffan set her feet in the box. After a drop third call on Steffan, she was able to reach first on a throwing error by Chinese Taipei catcher, Tung Yun Chi. Chinese Taipeis throwing error allowed Finch to reach third and Steffan to also advance to second. This was not enough to get the Bandits the momentum they needed to earn the win for the night, as they ended the game with a groundout to third by Galindo.
The second game of the four game series will be played tomorrow afternoon in Lisle, June 18, at 12:05 p.m