SAN MARCOS, TX (August 5, 2017) — Lauren Haeger’s game-winning hit resurrected her team Saturday during Dia De Los Charge Saturday night against the Chicago Bandits at Texas State’s Bobcat Stadium.
The Florida alum came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh with the score knotted at 3-3 and stroked an RBI single back up the middle to secure a walk-off win for the Charge (21-23). The Bandits fell to 22-20 on the season with the setback.
Texas fell behind 3-0 in the top of the fourth following a three-run homer by Chicago’s Megan Blank that cleared the fence in center field.
The Charge responded in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single from Kylee Lahners and another RBI base hit off the bat of catcher Kristyn Sandberg.
Texas then launched a rally in the bottom of the seventh that featured a leadoff single from Sandberg and an error by the Bandits. Taylor Gadbois delivered the game-tying RBI single before Haeger walked it off with her own base hit.
Haeger also earned the win from the pitcher’s circle after tossing seven innings and striking out nine. All three of the runs against her were unearned.
Reliever Lacey Waldrop took the loss for Chicago.
The two teams meet again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as the chase for the postseason continues.
Game Time: 7:35 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Lauren Haeger (Texas Charge)
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The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.