Lisle, Ill. July 6, 2006 After two long weeks on the road, the Chicago Bandits returned back home to Benedictine University to face the 2005 NPF Champion Akron Racers. Starting on the mound for the Bandits was pitching ace, Amy Harre. Harre has started off the season with some very impressive stats, while picking up 4 more strikeouts to add to her totals in her seven innings of stellar pitching against Akron. As the game reached extra innings, Jessica Sallinger entered the game in relief for Harre.
In the top of the 7th inning, the Bandits looked like they were headed for trouble. To start off the beginning of an exciting inning, Akron left fielder, Amber Hall, lined a single up the middle. She later advanced to second on a fielders choice play. To keep the ball rolling, Akron right fielder, Emily Price, singled to left, allowing Hall to reach third. The visiting team was not able to shut the door on the Bandits though as center fielder, Iyhia McMichael, flew out to Nicole Trimboli in left field to end the inning.
On the mound for Akron was Brandee McArthur. Since the first inning of the game, you could tell that McArthur meant business. She threw a prefect game through seven innings, before Trimboli stepped to the plate. Determined to get the Bandits offense going, Trimboli broke McArthurs perfect game by ripping a single to right field. Megan Ciolli entered the game to pinch run for Trimboli, where she was advanced to second on a fielders choice ball hit by center fielder, Amanda Williams. On the next pitch, Ciolli would advance to third on a past ball by McArthur. As things were looking like they were starting to get going for the Bandits, the inning was cut short by a great diving catch by Akron center fielder, Iyhia McMichael, on great hit by Christina Enea.
With both teams playing excellent defense all night long, the pitching duel between Harre and McArthur brought the Bandits into extra innings. As the game remained scoreless into the 10th inning, the international tiebreaker rule came into play. This means that the last out from the previous inning will start on second base.
After the Bandits held the Racers in the top of the 10th, it was their turn to take advantage of the tiebreaker situation. To start on second for the Bandits was Amanda Williams. Amanda was able to advance to third on a beautifully executed sacrifice bunt by twin sister, Jessica Williams, who was batting in place of Selena Collins. As second baseman Anne Steffan come to the plate, the Bandits where down to their last out. With Steffans blazing speed, she laid down a perfect bunt single to the left side. Akron attempted to throw Steffan out at first, but the throw was not in time. With no hisitation, Williams broke for home, to win the first game of the series for the Bandits.
The squad will return tomorrow night to take on Akron once again at 7:05 p.m.