Lauren Haeger Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 11, 2016) – It was a night of firsts in McKinney as the Charge took on the Bandits in the rubber match of a three-game set. Lauren Haeger faced just one batter over the minimum and threw the first no-hitter in Dallas Charge history, leading her team to a 5-0 victory. Both Brittany Schutte and Nadia Taylor hit their first home runs of the season. Schutte’s was the first in her NPF career. The win gave the Charge the series win over the Bandits and was the club’s 18th win, one more than last season’s total.
The Charge scored two in the first and second innings and a single run in the third.
In the first, the Charge loaded the bases on two hit and a walk. Chelsea Forkin then rolled a ground ball to short. The Bandits tried to turn two. Chicago got the force out at second before throwing the ball away, allowing Renada Davis and Kylee Lahners to come home.
The Charge kept things going in the second when Schutte knocked an 0-1 pitch out of the park, bringing home Taylor, who had been hit by a pitch. The two-run bomb stretched the early lead to 4-0, Charge.
Finally, in the third, Taylor crushed a solo shot, giving Dallas a 5-0 advantage.
Haeger was masterful, setting the side down in order six of the seven innings. Except for an error in the sixth, Haeger may have pitched a perfect game. She ran her record in the circle to 9-7 for the season.
Lacey Waldrop took the loss for the Bandits, lasting just one inning. Waldrop was responsible for four of the Charge runs.
The Charge moved to 18-29, while the Bandits fell to 23-25. The Charge continue their season-ending home stand with three games against the PA Rebellion.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: Charge 5 Bandits 0
RECORDS: Charge (18-29), Bandits (23-25)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Friday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. CT vs. the PA Rebellion
PLAY BY PLAY
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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