Chicago Bandits defeat Rockford Thunder 6-5

By Adam Musto
ELGIN, IL.-In a season that the Chicago Bandits hit 61 home runs after a combined 46 in the franchise's first three years, it was only fitting to end the regular season with a walk off grand slam.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chicago loaded the bases with one out and after drawing a 3-1 count Samantha Findlay unloaded on a Serena Settlemier pitch. The ball was hit deep to centerfield and as Thunder's outfielder went to reach up for the ball it banged off the shallow bleachers and disappeared.
"It feels great, I've been seeing the ball well this week and got a good pitch and a good cut," Findlay said. "Throughout the year in every game there has been no doubt that we always know we can win no matter what we get down."
In absolutely dramatic fashion, the Chicago Bandits ended the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch regular season with a 6-5 victory over Rockford at the Judson Sports Complex Sunday. The Bandits (32-16) are the top seed in the NPF Championship Series and for the third time (2005, 2006) won the NPF Regular Season Championship. The Thunder (18-30) finished the season in sixth place and will not be contending in the playoffs.
The Bandits led 2-1 when Lindsay Gardner tied the game at 2-2 when she scored on a wild pitch from third. The game went into extra innings and in the eight, Shanna Diller hit a three run blast for the Rockford. The Thunder went up 5-2.
"We definitely want to win every game," Findlay said. Sunday's game was not a must win for the Bandits because the team clinched the NPF's top seed the day before. "I didn't even  know [that we wrapped up the NPF Regular Season title] and I don't think any of my teammates did either."
The Bandits scored the games first points in the second inning. Jamie Clark hit her NPF leading 12th double of the season and Samantha Findlay drove in Clark with a single in the right centerfield gap.
Aileen Morales gave Chicago a 2-0 advantage with her second home run of the season in the third inning. Sandy Vojik hit an RBI single for Rockford's first point and a 2-1 score.
Notes: Amanda Freed started the game, pitched the first two innings and came back in and got the win to go to 2-1…After Freed, Jessica Sallinger pitched three innings and Tracie Adix pitched two innings before giving way to Freed.

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007