Bandits' bats explode for 10 runs, even series at 1-1
With one down and Bandits right fielder Amber Patton on second, Rachel Folden blasted the 1-1 pitch deep to right centerfield, bringing Patton around to score for the early 1-0 lead over the Thunder (19-18).
The Bandits’ bats continued to erupt and were complimented by the lights out pitching of Jennie Finch and Kristina Thorson in the circle en route to a 10-0 victory over the visiting Rockford Thunder.
Chicago (24-12) center fielder Caitlin Lever reached first base in the bottom of the third via a catcher’s interference. Lever came around to score when the very next batter, Amber Patton, blasted a double to left centerfield to put the Bandits up 2-0.
Folden pushed Patton over to third on the very next play when she blasted a single up the middle and managed to reach second on the throw, putting two on with one down. The two would remain frozen on base as Sheeley buckled down in the circle to get two more outs and end the third.
The Thunder finally broke through in the hit column in the top of the fourth when Chelsea Spencer recorded a single off Finch for the first hit of the game. She would be left on base however as Finch (6-2) regained her momentum in the circle.
With Stacy May on second and Trimboli on first, Bandits second baseman Vicky Galindo blasted a double to the centerfield wall, scoring May to put the Bandits up 3-0 over the Thunder with no outs. An illegal pitch brought home Trimboli for a 4-0 lead. Vicky Galindo moved to third on the illegal pitch.
Two batters later, Galindo would come around to score as well when Tammy Williams smacked a single through the right side.
Bandits’ catcher Rachel Folden would continue the hitting with a double of her own to right field, moving Williams to third on the play. A new pitcher for the Thunder, Cassidy Scoggins, would yield the same result as Findlay blasted an RBI single up the middle to score Williams from third for a 6-0 Bandits lead.
Kristina Thorson came in to replace Finch in the circle for the Bandits at the top of the fifth inning. Finch finished the game with four innings pitched, six strikeouts and two walks, all while allowing just one hit in fifteen batters faced.
A 1-6 double play by Rockford’s Lyndsey Angus and Spencer knocked down Chicago’s May and Trimboli to start the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, two runners were on for Chicago’s Tammy Williams. Williams blasted the 1-0 Scoggins pitch deep to left centerfield for the three-run home run, giving Chicago a 9-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Bandits’ first baseman Samantha Findlay added to the lead by belting a solo home run over the left field score board for a 10-0 lead.
Thorson continued the solid performance in the circle as she closed out the victory for the Bandits with three innings pitched, four strikeouts and three hits in eleven batters faced.