Kannapolis, NC - The Carolina Diamonds took on the Chicago Bandits in the 2nd game of a 4 game series Friday night at CMC NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis, NC.
The game was a pitching duel between the Diamonds’ Angel Bunner and Monica Abbott until the 5th inning when Bunner hit Megan Wiggins then the Diamonds made a defensive error, allowing Tammy Williams to reach.
Chicago Left Fielder Whitney Larsen then drove in 2 runs with a single into centerfield. Monica Abbott had her bid for her 2nd no hitter of the season broken up in the 6th by Jami Lobpries with a bloop single to left center.
3rd Baseman Loryn Johnson would flirt with a home run right after Lobpries’ single but Bandits’ Right Fielder Amanda Williams would haul it in on the warning track. Lobpries’ bloop would prove to be the only Diamond hit of the game.
However, Carolina did threaten in the 7th as Rachel Folden drew a walk then Bianca Mejia took a 74 mph fastball from Abbott off the shoulder to give the Diamonds runners on 1st and 2nd.
The veteren Abbott would strikeout Annie Lockwood to get out of the jam and and get the win for Chicago. Abbott finished the night with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks to pick up her 3rd win of the season.
Angel Bunner took the loss for Carolina despite only giving up 1 earned run and 3 hits in a complete game effort. The Diamonds fell to 2-4 on the season and the Bandits of Chicago moved to 4-2 on the young season.
The Bandits’ Whitney Larsen was named the Boombah Player of the Game for her 2 RBI’s that proved to be the deciding margin in the contest.
Game 3 of the series is scheduled for a 7:05pm start on Saturday at CMC NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis, followed by the final matchup of the series on Sunday at 5pm. To watch the game live check out the Profastpitch Schedule.
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