Lauren Haeger Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
San Antonio, TX (June 25, 2016) – The Dallas Charge scored eight runs in the fifth inning and Lauren Haeger threw a complete game shutout, carrying the Charge to a 9-0 win and a sweep of the two-game series with Chicago at St. Mary’s University. The victory marked the first time this season the Charge have won consecutive games and completed back-to-back shutouts.
Haeger notched her third win of the campaign, going seven strong innings and scattering five hits, fanning seven and walking just one. Haeger also drove in a pair runs as part of the Charge fifth.
Kylee Lahners, who returned from a hamstring injury, hit her league-leading fifth home run of the season. Lahners also walked and was hit by a pitch twice. She scored twice.
Kaylyn Castillo collected two of the Charge’s seven hits and was the only Dallas hitter with multiple hits.
Brittany Schutte, a rookie, got her first hit in her NPF career, a single that drove in the first run of the game.
Rookie Shelby Turnier got the start for the Bandits. She made it into the fifth and was chased from the circle by Schutte’s RBI single in favor of Sara Moulton who was unable to record an out before making way for Michelle Gascoigne. Mouton faced four hitters, allowing four runs on three hits. Gascoigne threw two innings. She allowed the one Charge run sixth, a solo shot from Lahners.
The Charge improved to 6-11. Chicago dropped to 9-10. The Charge will head to Colorado for a three-game series against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in venues around the Denver area in conjunction with the Triple Crown Colorado Fireworks and Sparkler Tournaments. The games are Tuesday through Thursday.
LOCATION: St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
FINAL SCORE: Charge 9, Bandits 0
RECORDS: Charge (6-11), Bandits (9-10)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. CT vs. The Scrap Yard Dawgs, Erie Community Park, Erie, Colorado.
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About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.
About the Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com.
About the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
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 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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