Bandits fall to Canada, 5-0

ELGIN – With Canada’s leadoff hitter Melanie Matthews on third, Canadian second baseman Jennifer Yee laced a liner to center field, opening the scoring for Team Canada with an early 1-0 lead.
Solid pitching by two Canada pitchers – Robin Mackin and Danielle Lawrie – and some mental mistakes on defense put Team Canada over the Bandits (4-5) by a score of 5-0.
The Canadian Olympic team was running on all cylinders as they were able to score five runs on five hits by the sixth inning. Canada’s Kaleigh Rafter singled to right, putting the score at 2-0, after a fielding error by Chicago’s Stacy May put runners on second and third with nobody out.
Bandits’ pitcher Jessica Sallinger (2-2) kicked off the fifth inning by striking out Canada’s Erin McLean on six pitches, but the success was short lived as the next batter, Jennifer Yee launched a deep bomb over the right center fence, giving Canada a 3-0 lead. After the homerun, Tracie Adix stepped into the circle to take over pitching duties for the Bandits. Sallinger finished the game, throwing 4 and 1/3 innings while giving up two earned runs, and one unearned on four hits.
Later in the fifth, with runners on second and third, a throwing error by Bandits’ shortstop Laura Harms brought two runners in for Canada, setting the score at 5-0 after the top of the fifth.
After coming in to pitch in the top of the third, Canada’s Danielle Lawrie was solid against the Bandits, throwing 4 and 2/3 innings while striking out eight, walking two and giving up just two hits.
In the bottom of the sixth, pressure mounted against Lawrie as the bases were loaded after a single by Ashley Carlson and two walks were earned by Rachel Folden and Samantha Findlay. With the bases juiced, Nicole Trimboli stepped up to bat against Canada’s Lawrie. A blooper to shallow center ended the inning, leaving the Bandits down 5-0 after six innings.

With the bottom of the seventh looking them in the face, the Bandits stepped up to bat, down 5-0 to the Canadian Olympic Team. Kristie Fox led off with a shot down the left field line for a double with no outs. Canada’s Lawrie brought the hammer down on the mound, striking out the next to batters. With two outs and pinch runner Aileen Morales on second, Lindsay Schutzler was struck out to end the game.

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