Taylor Edwards Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 10, 2016) – Taylor Edwards homered and doubled, driving in three runs to lead the Chicago Bandits over the Dallas Charge 4-1. The Bandits win eliminated any chance for the Charge to reach the postseason NPF Championship Series.
Angel Bunner picked up her first win of the season, throwing five innings and allowing one run on five hits. She struck out three and walked two. Michelle Gascoigne earned the save.
Morgan Melloh started for the Charge and recorded just one out before being lifted. The veteran gave up one run and two hits in the three batters she faced. Jill Compton was saddled with the loss in relief of Melloh. Compton lasted three and one-third innings, allowing three runs on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Edwards started things quickly for the Bandits, homering in the top of the first to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. The Charge evened things up in the bottom of the second on an RBI double off the bat of Kaitlyn Richardson.
Edwards did more damage in the third frame, doubling home Brenna Moss and giving the Bandits the lead back at 2-1.
The Bandits added two more in the fourth on three hits, stretching the lead to 4-1.
The Charge left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but could not get anything else going against Gascoigne.
Taylor Gadbois and Nadia Taylor each recorded two hits.
The Charge dropped to 17-29. The Bandits clinched the final postseason position, improving to 23-24. The Charge continue their season ending home stand with game three against the Bandits Thursday night followed by a three game series against the last place PA Rebellion in McKinney.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: Bandits 4 Charge 1
RECORDS: Charge (17-29), Bandits (23-24)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Thursday, August 10, 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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