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Bandits Take Finale from Glory; Still Alive in Playoff Hunt

LISLE, Ill. - After dropping the first three games of the series to the visiting Washington Glory (34-10), Jennie Finch and the rest of the Chicago Bandits (20-20), rebounded to win the series finale 1-0.

Finch, who was pitching in her second game of the series, was in control for the entire game. She allowed just two hits in the game to the best hitting team in the league and she struck out 10 Glory hitters.

The Olympic Gold medal winning pitcher went 1-1 in the series after picking up a tough loss in Saturday night's game. On Saturday night, Finch allowed just one hit and struck out 12, but poor Chicago defense allowed Washington to sneak away with the 2-1 win.

Chicago scored the only run in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on a fielding miscue by Washington second baseman Nichole Thompson. The error allowed Laura Harms, who singled earlier in the inning, to come in to score the decisive run.

The Bandits have four regular season games remaining, all with in-state rival Rockford. With a record of 20-20, the Bandits probably will need to win all four games to make it to the playoffs. With the league's best record at 34-10 Washington has cliniched the first-seed for the four-team playoff in Kimberly, Wisc.

The series with Rockford will begin Wednesday night and run through Saturday at Benedictine University in Lisle. Game time for all four games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.