Lisle, Ill. The newest member of the Bandit family, Ace Shane Daigle threw out first pitch of the game, with a little assistance from mom Jennie Finch, today in Lisle, Ill., as the Comcast Chicago Bandits fell to Chinese Taipei, 9-7. The club is now down 0-2 in the series and moves to 6-3 on the season.
The contest proved to be slugfest as both squads combined for 19 hits and 14 RBI with the Bandits claiming 11 and seven, respectively.
Vicky Galindo, Trena Peel and Finch led the Bandit offensive charge with two hits apiece today. Galindo and Finch batted a .500 (2-for-4) clip while Galindo crossed the plate twice and Finch knocked in two more runs. Peel went 2-for-3 this afternoon and scored three runs.
With Finch in the pitchers circle for the first time this season, the Bandits jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. In just her second game back on the field after giving birth to her son Ace, Finch retired Lai Meng Ting in the first at-bat of the day to tally her first strikeout of the season. She ended the day with three Ks in two innings pitched after moving to first base in the third. Jessica Sallinger came in relief on the mound and struck out two batters despite taking the loss.
Galindo led off the bottom half of the inning with an infield single and advanced to second after Trena Peel ripped a shot down the right field line. Jaime Clark bumped both Bandits up a base after grounding out to second. With runners in scoring position, Finch stepped up to the dish and recorded another first of the season with a two-RBI single to right-center field, scoring Galindo and Peel.
Chinese Taipei answered right back in the second as Pan Tzu Hui scored Huang Hui Wen with and RBI single, moving the score to 2-1 in the Bandits favor.
Taipei took the lead in the third inning and extended it in the fourth after recording seven combined runs to move the score to 8-2.
Chicago came right back in the bottom of the fourth with a two runs, beginning with Finch single to left field. Mackenzie Vandergeest mirrored her former Arizona teammate with another single to the left side. Nicole Trimboli moved Finch and Vandergeest to third and second, respectively, with a sacrifice hit to first base, just in time for Amanda Williams to knock them in with a single to center field.
It didnt stop there, after pushing the score to 8-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Bandits held Taipei scoreless in the fifth and notched two more runs on the scoreboard. Peel led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second after Clark drew a walk. Both runners advanced into scoring position thanks to a Vandergeest infield play at first. Nicole Trimboli, who walked twice this afternoon, drove a deep fly ball to left field which scored Peel with a sacrifice fly.
The Bandits scored their final two runs in the sixth inning but couldnt muster enough to take the lead as the day ended in a 9-7 final score.
The series continues tomorrow night (June 19) at 7:05 p.m. at the Sports Complex on the campus of Benedictine University.