ROSEMONT, Ill. (August 8, 2017) – Aiming for a historic 100th victory at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the Bandits fell short against the Texas Charge on Tuesday night. Led by a standout performance in the circle by Lauren Haeger, Texas earned the road win by a 5-0 final.
Haeger received plenty of offense in support, including a pair of home runs off the bats of Alisa Goler and Kristyn Sandberg.
Goler’s blast, a second-inning solo shot inside the right field foul pole, opened the scoring against Bandits’ starter Haylie Wagner (L, 11-4) while Sandberg’s three-run long ball lengthened Chicago’s deficit to 4-0.
Wagner, who entered the game holding Charge players to a .180 clip at the plate, suffered the loss in the circle, allowing three earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Her counterpart, Haeger, continued to put up zeroes en route to a complete game shutout performance. The former Florida star earned her fifth win of the 2017 campaign.
“(Haeger) kept us off-balance and she kind of owned both sides of the plate,” Bandits head coach Sharonda McDonald said. “We didn’t do a good job of taking anything from her.”
The Charge tacked on a fifth run in the fifth inning off reliever Lacey Waldrop, who logged the final 3.2 innings of the contest for the Bandits. The 5-0 score held for the remainder of the game.
With the loss, Chicago dropped to 23-21 on the season, but maintained their 1.5 game lead over the Akron Racers for the No. 3 seed in the playoff picture. The Bandits now hold a two-game advantage over the Charge.
“These next games coming up are must-wins in order for us to get into the postseason,” Bandits shortstop Abby Ramirez, who went 1-for-2 with a walk, said. “We just need to come out tomorrow and bounce back and leave today in the past.”
The Bandits will be back in action for Wednesday doubleheader against the Texas Charge at The Ballpark at Rosemont. First pitch in the day game is set for 4:30 p.m. CST with the nightcap slated for a 7:05 p.m. start time.
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Time of game: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Lauren Haeger (TEX) – W, CG SO, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 K
The Bandits are now 4-16 in games in which the opponent scores first.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, 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.