The Chicago Bandits take both games to seal series win against the Canadian Wild
Marion, IL (June 22, 2019)– The Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois came up short in both contests against the Chicago Bandits on Saturday night at Rent One Park, falling 8-4 in game one and 5-4 in game two to give the Bandits the series victory.
Game one looked promising for the Wild, as they went ahead early, scoring runs in the first, second and third. Shianne Brannan’s fielder’s choice with the bases loaded made it 1-0 in the first. Victoria Rumph doubled the lead in the second with her first home run of the season, a shot to left field. Erika Polidori added two more in the third with two-run blast of her own.
Sara Plourde made her X start for the Wild, pitching through traffic, including two bases loaded situations to keep the Bandits off the board. She settled in after the third, retiring nine of the last 12 batters she faced in order.
Heading into the top of the seventh, the Wild looked to have the game well in order, still holding a 4-0 leading and needing only three more outs to finish off the Bandits. Chicago’s offense roared to life in the final frame, scoring eight runs to put the game away.
Abbey Cheek started the rally for the Bandits, and her three for four night with two RBIs earned her Park Planet Player of the Game honors for game one.
Game two started in near polar opposite fashion for the Wild, who fell behind 5-0 after the third inning. This time, it was the Bandits who strung together runs in consecutive innings to open the game, scoring single runs in the first and second, and three in the third.
The Wild would get nearly all of those runs back in their half of the third inning. Three singles to start the inning loaded the bases for Jennifer Gilbert, who made no mistake, blasting her second grand slam of the season deep over the center field fence to pull the Wild within one.
Sara Groenewegen, pitching in relief of Karissa Hovinga who started the game for the Wild, made sure the Wild stayed close in this one, striking out X Bandits over four innings of work. In all she didn’t allow a run, and only allowed two hits and a walk.
Despite great work from Groenewegen, and chances to score in the fourth and fifth, the Wild couldn’t find the runs they needed and fell short against the Bandits.
The Wild head into a five day break after tonight’s games, and are back in action on June 28 for another five-game series against the Chicago Bandits up in Rosemont, IL. They will also play an additional game against the Bandits to make up for weather postponements in this series.
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