Bandits sweep Friday doubleheader with Thunder
Series finale tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.
ROSCOE, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits looked like a first-place team in Friday’s doubleheader sweep as they knocked off the Thunder by final scores of 8-4 and 5-0.
In game one of the doubleheader the Bandits (19-4) used an 11 hit attack to score its eight runs, led by a two-hit, three RBI game from 2008 rookie of the year Rachel Folden. Folden’s three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning provided the insurance Chicago would need en-route to the win.
The Bandits used a five-hit first inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Rockford (9-10) added a run of its own in the first, but the offense couldn’t put together any more offense until the fifth inning when they added two more runs. Chelsea Spencer added a solo homerun in the seventh inning to end the scoring in the game at 8-4.
Samantha Sheeley fell to 0-3 on the season with the loss. She allowed all eight Bandits runs in the game in five innings of work. Brandice Balschmiter pitched the first six innings for Chicago to record the win.
Chicago also had two hit days from Stacy May, Nicole Trimboli and rookie Amber Patton in the game to lead the offense. Amanda Williams led the way for Rockford at the plate with three hits and Jenna Rhodes collected two more.
In game two the Bandits took advantage of Megan Brown’s wildness in the circle. Chicago scored three of its five runs courtesy of walks or hit batters by Kime.
Brown, who was making just her second start of the season, allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. She gave up six hits, walked four and hit two more during her time in the circle. Brown was relieved by Cassidy Scoggins who has now worked in all four games of the series and has been very effective out of the bullpen. Scoggins has allowed just one run in 9 1/3 innings of work in the inning.
The big inning of game two for Chicago was the fifth when they plated four of their five runs with the big hit being a two-run double by Trimboli. Trimboli and Folden each had two more hits in game two for the Bandits.
Rockford managed just four singles, two by Spencer, in the game off of Bandits starter Kristina Thorson. Thorson went the distance for Chicago to raise her season record to 5-3.
The series finale with Chicago is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Thunder Park which is one hour later than originally scheduled. Allison Kime will be in the circle on Saturday night to close out the series for Rockford.
For more information on the Thunder or to purchase tickets contact the Thunder at (815) 965-7000. Additional information can also be obtained on the Thunder website at www.thunderprofastpitch.com.
GAME NOTES – Saturday is also Bark in the Park Night and fans can bring their dogs into the game for just $3...Jamie Davison made her first start of the year at shortstop in the first game of the doubleheader…Pack the Park Night is scheduled for Friday, July 17 at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are just $4/each…On July 17 the Thunder will host its only fireworks show of the season.
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