Lisle, Ill. Tonight the Bandits faced off for the first of four games in the Bandits homestand against the Arizona Heat. The Bandits looked very good coming into tonights game, after sweeping the 2005 NPF Champion Akron Racers. After the end of last weekends match-up, the Bandits were 16-3 on the season, putting them way out in front of any other team in the NPF. Starting on the mound for the night was familiar number 40, Amy Harre. Coming into the night, Harre was 6-1 with only a 1.12 earned run average. She would throw the first four innings, and then later be replaced by Jessica Sallinger to close out the game. As the Bandits battled with the Heat, Sallinger was able to pick her fourth win of the season, increasing her record to 4-1.
In the top of the second, the Bandits looked like they were headed for trouble after Catalina Morris was able to reach first on a bunt single to the right side. To move Morris over, Heather Scaglione ripped a ball at Gina Oaks, at second base, who was not able to make the out; bringing runners to first and second with only one out. Harre was able to keep her composure by striking out the next two batters, getting the Bandits safely out of the inning without allowing the Heat to score.
The Heat tried to push one across again in the top of the fourth by loading the bases with back to back singles by Nichole Thompson and Jackie Coburn. The bases would then come to be loaded by walking LaDonia Hughes, with only one away in the inning. The Bandits would then make a pitching change, bringing in Jessica Sallinger, who would help get the squad out of the inning. The second out of the inning was retired as Nicole Trimboli fielded a hard ball to the right side and fired it home to get the lead runner. Third baseman, Stacy May, would bring the Bandits in for the inning, by settling under a pop fly near the Bandits dugout. The Bandits were able to fight off the Heat for the second inning.
As soon as the Bandits hit their dugout, they were determined to turn the game around. The inning began with a single up the middle by May, who would then advance to third on a double by Jamie Clark, down the right field line. With runners now at second and third, Selena Collins hammered a single at the Heat third baseman, Jackie Coburn, loading the bases for the Bandits. Peaches James would come in to pinch run for Collins at third. Nicole Trimboli would then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field, allowing May to tag up at third, and safely score at home. This hit would give the Bandits the 1-0 lead, and increase Trimbolis RBI total to 11.
It was not long until the Heat answered back in the top of the fifth, after putting Kaleo Eldredge on with a single to right field. Eldredge would then advance to second on a great play by Clark to get, Toni Mascarenas out at first. The Heat would score their first run of the night, to tie the game up, by a single to right field by Morris; allowing Eldredge to score from second.
With Clark up first in the bottom of the sixth, the Bandits would pick up their second run of the game as she ripped a triple to right center. On the throw to third by Kaleo Eldredge, the ball got past Jackie Coburn, allowing Clark to score on the overthrow. Clarks shot would give the Bandits the 2-1 lead needed to beat the Heat for the first game of the series, increasing their overall record to 17-3.
The Bandits will return tomorrow night for their second game of the homestand against the Arizona Heat at 7:05 p.m.