LISLE, Ill. - The Comcast Chicago Bandits (14-15) took the field for the first time in three weeks to take on neighbor and rival, the Rockford Thunder (21-12). The close to capacity crowd was treated to an extra inning pitchers duel that featured a combined six hurlers between the two teams.
Both teams threatened early but neither produced any runs until the fifth when both teams managed to plate one run a piece. In the top of the fifth, Amanda Williams singled and was sacrificed to second base. Lindsay Gardner stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive single off the center field fence easily scoring Williams. The Bandits answered back in the bottom of the fifth when Laura Harms reached on a Rockford fielding error and stole second to place herself in scoring position. Stacy May laced an RBI single to left field driving Harms home for the tying run.
With the score tied 1-1 going into the eighth-and playing with the international run rule that places a runner at second base to begin the inning-Rockford was able to load the bases. Things were looking bleak for the Bandits until third baseman Stacy May made a diving catch in front of her teams dugout to record the third out of the inning and squash the Thunder threat.
Chicagos Stephanie Brown was placed at second base to pinch run for May at the top of the inning. Lindsay Schutzler hit a solid single up the middle and the Bandits played it safe stopping Brown at third with Fox stepping to the plate. The Bandits designated player, Fox, hit a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Brown with the winning run bringing the large crowd to their feet.
The Bandits will suit up and take the road for their next four game series against the Michigan Ice starting Wednesday July 25. Game time is slated for 7:05 pm.