ROCKFORD, Ill. Behind the pitching of Cat Osterman and the timely hitting of Abbie Sims, the Thunder salvaged a series split with the New England Riptide, as they won Sundays game 1-0.
Osterman, who was making just her second start of the season for the Thunder (8-2), was almost unhittable at times for the Riptide. Osterman pitched her second complete game of the season and has now pitched two shutouts.
The 6-2 pitcher from Texas allowed just two hits on the day, a single to centerfield by Jessica Merchant and an infield single to Jackie Pasquerella. Outside of those two hits Osterman was in control. She walked just one in the game and struck out 11 on the way to her second win of the season.
On the year Osterman has pitched 19 total innings, allowed four hits, struck out 35 batters and is allowing the opposition to hit just .065.
Offensively, the Thunder still had difficulties coming up with the big hit with runners on base, until rookie Abbie Sims was called upon. With two outs in the fifth innings Sims pinch hit for Audrey Rendon and came up huge with the first hit of her career. Sims drilled a 1-2 pitch from Riptide (3-5) Danielle Henderson to left field scoring Jackie Wong who had singled and stole second to start the rally.
After picking up just one hit on Friday and two hits on Saturday, Rockford managed a six-hit performance on Sunday. Six different Thunder players collected at least one hit a piece in the game.
The Thunder will be return to action on Tuesday night for game one of a two-game series vs. Team Venezuela. Game time is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CDT and the game will be carried live on the Internet at www.thunderprofastpitch.com. The Bandits will play Venezuela as well with their game beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Fans who purchase tickets to the Venezuelan games will receive admission to both the Thunder game at 7:15 p.m. and the Bandits game vs. Venezuela at 4:45 p.m.