Kaitlyn Richardson Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 9, 2016) – The Charge overcame an early 3-0 deficit, exploding for 10 runs in the fifth on their way to a 16-6 win over the Chicago Bandits. The Charge collected fourteen hits. Every Dallas starter reached had a hit, highlighted by Lauren Haeger and Kaitlyn Richardson.
Haeger was three-for-four with two doubles and three RBI. Richardson homered and doubled, scoring three times. The win was the Charge's 17th, tying their inaugural season win total.
Cheridan Hawkins picked up her second win of the season in the circle, going five innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Sara Moulton took the loss for the Bandits, leaving after three and one-third innings. She gave up five runs on six hits.
The Bandits opened the scoring in the third inning. Three hits, including a Danielle Zymkowitz double, gave Chicago a 3-0 lead.
The Charge responded with doubles from Richardson and Brittany Schutte, cutting the lead to 3-1.
In the fourth the home team took the lead, scoring four runs. Kylee Lahners and Haeger both doubled. After a Chelsea Forkin single, Nadia Taylor tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center. Richardson gave the Charge the lead with a two-run bomb that made the score 5-3.
Chicago cut the lead in half in the next frame. Again, a Zymkowitz hit delivered the run.
The Charge put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth with 10 runs on five hits, six walks, two illegal pitches and two wild pitches. Dallas sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning. Contributing to the merry-go-round with their bats was Taylor Gadbois, who tripled in front of a Renada Davis homer. Late in the inning, Lauren Haeger hit her second double of the game. When the inning was over, the Charge lead 15-4.
Chicago got two back in the sixth on two hits and a Charge error before Dallas got one of those runs back on a bases loaded walk to close out the scoring.
The Charge raised their record to 17-28. The Bandits fell to 22-24. The Charge continue their season ending home stand with game two of a three game set against the Bandits Wednesday night in McKinney.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: Charge 16 Bandits 6
RECORDS: Charge (17-28), Bandits (22-24)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Wednesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. CT vs. the Chicago Bandits
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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 National Pro Fastpitch:
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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