In a back and fourth contest, the Bandits (26-16) defeated the New England Riptide 8-7 Saturday night in Game Two of a National Pro Fastpitch series at the Judson Sports Complex.
The Riptide (19-23) took a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning but it did not last long. Samantha Findlay and Laura Harms each hit solo blasts to center field in the sixth inning and the Bandits regained the lead 8-7.
"[The home run] felt really good and I just tried not to smile when I was running the bases," Harms said. "We wanted to put a lot of runs up and keep scoring.
Eileen Canney (11-9) came in to relieve starter
New England loaded the bases in the sixth inning and Gina Carbonatto singled to score Kelley and
Adix (3-3) got the win in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts.
Trailing 3-0 with Aileen Morales batting, the Bandits took the lead on one of the zaniest series of events ever in a NPF game. After Trimboli, Samantha Findlay singled up the middle and Emily Nichols drew a nine-pitch walk. Morales hit a hard grounder past the shortstop and
"We want to score runs every inning."
With two outs and Ashley Carlson on base, Stacy May crushed a moon shot over the left field scoreboard, upping the Bandits lead to 6-3 in the fourth inning. May casually dropped her bat looked up and knew it was gone. It was her 11 home run of the season, ranking third in the NPF.
Lisa Modglin drew first blood in a hurry with a two run home run in the first inning just over the outstretched arm of Amanda Freed. Lisa Pasquerella led off the game with a single and scored on the home run.
Nicole Trimboli-who scored both of
"I know that we are playing our best now and we want to keep it going into the playoffs," Harms said. "Going to the playoffs is a good feeling, but we want to keep winning every game until and through the playoffs."
"One our goals this year was to make the playoffs and forget about last season,"