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Bandits Fall to Racers 6-4

Box Score

Location: Rosemont Stadium

Scores: Bandits 4, Racers 6

Record: Bandits (19-15), Racers (17-17)

Next Game: 7:35 p.m., Saturday at Rosemont Stadium

Chaos, confusion, and madness. Those would be the best words to describe Friday night’s game between the Chicago Bandits and the Akron Racers.

The craziness unfolded during the bottom of the seventh inning. 

Bandits first baseman Alisa Goler lead off the inning with a single, and infielder Christine Knauer would be brought in as a pinch runner. Later, Nemitz would be called upon to pinch hit for Bandits pitcher Moncia Abbott. Then chaos broke loose.

Bandits pitcher Nikki Nemitz would get a hit down the right field line, and Knauer would advance to third. Before Nemitz got her hit, Bandits head coach Darrick Brown approached umpire about the possibility of Nemitz coming to bat. 

Nemitz was allowed to, yet after her base hit, the umpires had a conference and determined she was ineligible and was called out, resulting in Knauer returning to first base. The calll would cost the Bandits an opportunity to win the game, as Knauer would be left stranded. 

Brown decided to have his own pow-wow with the umpires, which resulted in him being ejected from the game. Yet the ruling on the field didn’t sit well with Racers head coach Jake Schurmann, as he contested for two outs to end the inning, and wanted Abbott out of the game. Similar to Brown, Schurmann would eventually be ejected from the game. 

After the tension was settled, the Racers would score two runs in the top of the eighth inning, to take a 6-4 lead. Racers shortstop Courtney Bures would be hit by a pitch, and outfielder Lisa Modglin would get on base via an error by Bandit second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz. 

Yet another error would occur in the inning as Sharonda McDonald would catch a break after a mishap by Bandit third baseman Amber Patton. 

The Bandits wouldn’t go quietly as catcher Shannon Doepking drew a leadoff walk. The next two Bandit hitters wouldn’t muster a way to get on base but Bandit shortstop Tammy Williams would single, and Zymkowitz would draw a walk.

With the bases loaded, two outs, the Bandits’ big bat, Alisa Goler, came to plate. Unfortunately, Goler popped up down the left field line to end the game.  

The Bandits and Racers will play once again Saturday night at Rosemont Stadium with the first pitch slated for 7:35.