SAN MARCOS, TX (August 6, 2017) — A high-scoring contest Sunday at Texas State University went to the visiting Chicago Bandits, who claimed an 8-6 triumph over the Texas Charge.
The key for Chicago (23-20) was a five-run outburst in the top of the sixth that extended its lead to 8-2. Emily Carosone did much of the damage herself by belting a one-out grand slam to left-center field.
The Charge (21-24) plated two runs in the bottom half of the frame and added two more in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Haylie Wagner induced a flyout to end the game.
Texas’ offensive effort was paced by Kristyn Sandberg, who finished 3 for 3 with a solo home run. Lauren Haeger was 2 for 3 with a two-run bomb and three RBIs, while Bailey Landry went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Taylor Gadbois also scored a pair of runs.
The Bandits’ Kaia Parnaby collected the win from the pitcher’s circle after tossing five frames and allowing two runs on four hits.
Coley Ries took the loss for the Charge despite a solid outing. Ries gave up three runs — two earned — on four hits in her 4 1/3 innings of work. Reliever Kelsey Selman-Rowe allowed five runs — four earned — in her one inning.
The Charge’s Brittany Mack-Oakes threw 1 2/3 shutout innings to close the contest.
Texas and Chicago will have a travel day Monday before resuming their current series Tuesday with an 7:05 p.m. CT game in Rosemont, Illinois. The two teams then play a scheduled doubleheader Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT and 7:05 p.m. CT.
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Emily Carosone (Chicago Bandits)
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.