Thorson and the Racers blow past Bandits, 7-3
July 9, 2011
SITE: Rosemont Stadium
SCORES: Bandits 3 , Racers 7
RECORDS: Bandits (12-7), Racers (10-9)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: 5:35 p.m., Sunday, July 10 vs. Akron Racers
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Looking to recover from Friday’s extra inning loss, the Bandits sent Jamee Juarez to the circle to face off against former Bandit Kristina Thorson.
Following an infield ground out by Sharonda McDonald in the first inning, the Racers bats came alive and they never looked back. With Jessica Williams and Taylor Schlopy on base, Samantha Marder crushed a home run to center field giving the Racers an early 3-0 lead.
Following a 1-2-3 inning for Thorson, the Racers would add to their lead in the top of the second. After a Kelly Montalvo walk, and Reba Tutt on base after getting hit by a pitch, a Jessica Williams hit to deep left field allowed Montalvo to score. But, the quick and accurate throw by Megan Wiggins was able to catch Tutt as she came around to home, ending the inning with the Racers up 4-0.
In the third inning a pitching change by the Bandits brought Taryne Mowatt to the circle moving Jamee Juarez to first base. Mowatt would get the Bandits through the inning unharmed, but in the 4th the Racers bats found life once again. A two run homer by Nicole Pauly extended the Racers lead to 6-0.
Finally in the bottom of the fourth, the Bandits scored their first run of the night off a Shannon Doepking double to center, scoring Caitlin Lever to cut the Racers lead to five.
The Bandits kept their hopes alive and their bats swinging into the fifth inning. With Danielle Zymkowitz and Amber Patton on base after back-to-back infield singles, Goler hit a towering home run over the right field bleachers, cutting the Racers lead in half. The blast was measured at 250 feet.
The Bandits could not find any more offense as the Racers added one more run in the top of the seventh off a Nicole Trimboli single scoring Taylor Schlopy.