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CHICAGO SWEEPS CANADA

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Lisle, Ill. -- The Chicago Bandits won their fourth and final game of the series against the Canadian Elite Team, 4-1. Pitcher Lauren Bay picked up her third win against her home country’s team with a record of 11 strikeouts in just this one game.

As Bay faced the Elite team in the circle again, she stated off things easy for herself on such a humid day by throwing only 9 pitches, giving her three strikeouts to begin the contest.

Tamra Howren was the first Canadian to put the ball into play when she hit a hard ground ball to the left side. Third baseman Gina Oaks got dirty as she dove to prevent the ball from touching the grass, then quickly got up and hurled the ball to beat Howren at first.

In the other half, Selena Collins walked to first as first Bandit on base. Lindsay Hamma flew out to left while Collins, who was almost at second, hurried back to first but leftfielder Laura Shurr overthrew the ball giving Collins the extra base. Pitcher Erin Thomas threw a wild pitch to put Collins only 60 feet away from scoring but the inning ended when Mel Wallach struck out swinging.

In the third inning, Mackenzie Vadergeest hit a deep fly to center, but Erin Gee made her way back to make the out. Laura Harms was aggressive on the bases by stealing second base headfirst after she gained first on a walk.

Anne Steffan sacrificed herself to put Harms into scoring position, which she executed on a wild pitch to give the Bandits the lead 1-0.

Bouck walked to first causing a pitching switch for Canada as they brought Robin Mackin in to take Thomas’ place.

Oaks drove the ball deep to bounce just one before going over the fence. With runners on second and third, Christina Enea hit a ball that third baseman could not stop with a dive and drove in the two runs.

Bottom of the fifth, Canada prepared to face Steffan’s deadly short game by bringing in right fielder Melanie Matthews to the spot of the second baseman’s spot and second up next to the pither. Although the fielder’s were ready for Steffan, she began to jog to first believing it was the fouth ball but was corrected by home plate umpire when he called third strike.

Meghan Stastook ended Bay’s no-hitter in the sixth with a standup double deep into left over left fielder Venus Taylor’s glove. Being the first Canadian this game to safely reach second, Stastook made her way to third as the ball slipped past the catcher.

With Canada’s first opportunity to score, Matthews hit a single to shortstop. The single put the Canadian Elite team on the board 3-1.

A pair of singles from Enea and pinch hitter Haley Viefhaus brought in the final run of the game to 4-3 to tally up another win, giving the Chicago Bandits a record of 25-3. Enea led the team in hits two recording two.

Bay earned the win with 11 strikeouts, no walks, and giving up two hits while Harre picked up the save. Starting Canadian pitcher Thomas stuck out two and walked three. Relief pitcher Mackin came up with five strikeouts and walking none.

Next series the Bandits will face the St.Louis Saints at home beginning Thursday, July 21st. Over the weekend on Saturday, July 23rd the Bandits will be hosting the Chicago Bandits Slumber Party at the Bulls / Sox Academy. For more information visit www.ChicagoBandits.com.


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