LISLE, Ill. - For the second night in a row, the Bandits found some late inning heroics to pull out a must-win victory. Nicole Trimboli single handedly kept the Bandits in the playoff hunt with one crack of the bat in the bottom of the seventh with a two run bomb.
The Thunder came close to breaking the scoreless game open in the fifth. With one out, Kim Wendland was hit by a pitch. Amanda Williams followed with a single to left center advancing Wendland to second. Jackie Wong grounded to Bandit third baseman, Stacy May who flipped to shortstop Laura Harms to get Wendland out on the force at third. Kristin Zaleski got on with a walk to make it bases loaded for the Thunder but nothing came of it as De De Justice flied out to center for the third Thunder out.
Bandit starter, Jessica Sallinger went 5 2/3 innings scattering four hits. Sallinger also struck out eight, walked just two before being relieved by Gina Oaks in the sixth. Oaks was the pitcher of record improving to 5-4 on the season after not allowing a hit in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Thunder hurler, Serena Settlemier absorbed the loss (10-8) allowing five hits. Settlemier struck out two while walking two in the loss.
In the bottom of the seventh with one out, Kristie Fox laced a single to left center. Oaks attempted a sacrifice bunt but Settlemier was able to force Fox out at second for the second out of the inning.
That brought Trimboli to the plate. The Bandit first baseman unloaded on Settlemiers offering depositing the ball well over the left field fence for her third homerun as Chicago climbed another rung on the ladder toward its playoff hopes.