Lisle, Ill. Lisle, Ill. Utilizing 11 hits and four RBI, the Comcast Chicago Bandits stole game three from the Chinese Taipei National Team this evening in Lisle, Ill, extending their record to 7-3 overall while remaining 2-1 in league play. In front of 1,209 fans, Amy Harre went the distance to earn her fourth victory of the season after holding the international squad to just two hits.
Anne Steffan led the way on offense, batting a perfect 1.000 (2-for-2) and added a stolen base to the Bandit cause. Trena Peel, Jaime Clark, and Selena Collins all went 2-for-3 (.666) with Peel and Clark legging out doubles. Leadoff batter Vicky Galindo notched a triple of her own, the second on the season.
Wasting no time to take the lead, The Bandit defense shutdown the first three Chinese Taipei batters in the top half of the first inning before notching their first two runs of the night. Galindo put the Black and Orange in scoring position early with a leadoff triple to right filed. Peel followed with and infield single to put runners at the corners for Clark who recorded her 15th RBI of the season with a single to left field, scoring Galindo. The Bandits put another run on the board in the first with a Mackenzie Vandergeest sacrifice hit which allowed Peel to trot home. Peel and Clark advanced into scoring position after Finch pulled Taipeis catcher Mei Lu Hauen away from the plate with a ball up the right side line.
Taipei answered back in the third inning, cutting the Bandits lead in half after Chen Miao Yi scored on and outfield single by Li Chiu Ching. Miao Yi reached first base on a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Peel, playing short right field attempted to throw Chiu Ching out at first but the throw was beat by half of a step, allowing Miao Yi to score from second base.
In the bottom of the fourth the Bandits struck again, extending their lead to 3-1. Amanda Williams began the charge with a single down the right field line and then nabbed her second stolen base on the year. Selena Collins ripped a shot down the other side of the outfield, scoring Williams and adding another RBI to her total of four.
Back-to-back Bandit doubles kicked off the fifth inning after Peel turned what looked to be a routine fly ball into and extra base hit. Despite a valiant effort by Taipei right fielder Lai Meng Ting, Peels ball dropped in front while Trena Peel-ed around first and kicked it into high gear to slide in safely at second. Clark followed with a double of her own, scoring Peel and adding the fourth and final run to the Bandits score.
The Series moves to 2-1 in favor of the Chinese Taipei with the final contest beginning at 7:05 p.m. on June 20. Following the game, fans will have to opportunity to watch the top prep softball players in the state as the Bandits and the Chicago Sun-Times will be putting on an all-star game that will feature 2006 high school graduates against a team of underclassmen beginning immediately after the game.
The rosters are set, with 13 on each team. There will be roster batting, all 13 players will be in the batting order and will bat in turn, and there will be free substitution. Bandits owner Bill Conroy will coach the underclassmen while the graduates will follow instruction from the Chicago players themselves.