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Bandits Score Seven Unanswered to Beat Thunder

LISLE, Ill. - Rockford Thunder was first on the board tonight after scoring a quick run in the top of the first with two outs. Mackenzie Vandergeest roped an RBI double down the left field line scoring Abbie Sims.

The Thunder carried their momentum into the next inning with leadoff batter Amada Freed singling to center. Freed advanced to second and third off of two consecutive groundouts. Jackie Wong laid down the bunt to bring Freed home.

The Bandits countered Rockford’s punch in the second scoring a run of their own. Megan Willis got the ball rolling with a single to center. Gina Oaks ripped a shot through the left side, advancing Willis 60 feet to second. Autumn Champion put the bunt down and collided with second baseman Jamie Davison while trying to beat out the throw. Willis jumped at the opportunity to score giving the Bandits their first run of the night.

The third inning turned out to be stellar with three runs crossing the plate giving the Bandits the 4-2 lead. Stacy May took a free ticket to first on a walk. Jaime Clark singled to center advancing May to second. Caitlin Lever reached first on a fielder’s choice but Clark was gunned down at second on the play. With runners on first and third, Willis nailed an RBI single to right center scoring May while advancing Lever to third. Oaks perfectly executed the bunt keeping all runners safe making it bases loaded for the orange and black. Laura Harms came through for her team drilling a single up the middle bringing in both Willis and Lever.

Leadoff hitter, Oaks, continued to dominate at the plate with a single to right, making her 3 for 3 on the night. Putting the bat on the ball led to bases loaded for the Bandits. May hit a rocket down the left field line clearing the bases expanding the lead 7-2.
Thunder Ace, Cat Osterman was called in to record the final two outs, but the damage was already done.

Jessica Sallinger picked up the win tonight making her record 3-3 while Abbie Sims was handed her first loss of the year.

Don’t miss the final game of this exciting series; the first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Stick around for the Chicago Sun-Times high school All-star game to be played at the conclusion of the Bandits vs. Thunder game.

-CHI-