Bandits knock off Venezuela 6-4

ELGIN – With bases juiced in the bottom of the sixth, Bandits’ veteran short stop Jaime Clark stepped up to bat and sent a two RBI pop-single to shallow leftfield, putting the Bandits’ up 6-4 over the Venezuelan Olympic team.

After a back-and-forth scoring game in their second international series of the season, the Chicago Bandits (6-7) defeated the Venezuelan Olympic team by a score of 6-4.

The Bandits opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when, with Jaime Clark on second, Bandits’ right fielder Nicole Trimboli sent a high grounder over the first baseman’s glove, bringing Clark around to score and putting Chicago (record) up 1-0 early.

Two runners were on for the Venezuelan Olympic team when shortstop Denisse Fuenmayor launched a deep, three run homerun over the centerfield wall, putting Venezuela up 3-2 over the Chicago Bandits.

Jessica Sallinger got the start for the Bandits, and was replaced in the third inning by Tracie Adix after allowing three runs on one hit and four walks in two and a third innings of work.

After Venezuela added one more in the top of the third, the Bandits came up to bat down 4-2.

With one out and a runner on in the bottom of the third, Bandits’ rookie catcher Rachel Folden stared deep into the eyes of a full count. Folden took the very next pitch deep over left field fence, tying the game at 4-4 for the Bandits. The hot third ended shortly after with a comeback grounder to the pitcher for the third out.

Bandits’ reliever Adix made quick work of the Venezuelan’s offense in the fourth after striking out the side. Her strong performance continued into the top of the sixth where she retired the final batter of the inning with a strikeout – her fifth of the game on only two hits.

“I feel great; it felt real nice to go out there today,” said Adix. “Everything was working real well. The arm felt good and it was great to get my first win, especially against Venezuela.”

After the two run sixth inning and a single by Venezuela’s Maria Soto, Adix was replaced on the mound by Kristina Thorson, the third pitcher of the night for the Bandits. Adix spent three and two-thirds innings on the mound, allowing just three hits and five strikeouts while giving up no runs against the Venezuelans.

Quick glove work at third by Chicago’s Stacy May sent Soto back to the dugout for the first out, but the fielder’s choice put Zuleyma Cirimeli on first. Thorson made quick work of the next batter, sitting her down on five pitches for a swinging strikeout. With a shallow pop up to first, the Bandits ended the game victorious.

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