Akron, OH – May 30, 2014 - After their 4-0 win against Chicago in the season opener, the Racers took the field tonight looking to make it to 2-0. The offense came to life for both teams, with the Racers and Bandits combining for 20 runs and 30 hits.
Racers first round draft pick Hannah Campbell made her debut in the circle for Akron. She looked strong in the first inning, only allowing one hit, but the Chicago bats woke up in the second. After the throwing error by Kelley Montalvo, the Bandits put together a string of hits, and drove in 4 runs. Campbell threw 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits with 1 strikeout.
“I can learn a lot from tonight,” said Campbell. “Tonight was my first time facing these girls, so I couldn’t know for sure what would work against them. I saw what worked for Rachele yesterday, but now I have a better idea of how to handle these hitters.”
Relievers Alison Owen and Lannah Campbell also struggled in their debuts with the Racers. Owen threw one inning and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. Lannah, the twin sister of starter Hannah Campbell, pitched 2.2 innings to close out the game for the Racers allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, with a walk and a strikeout.
Chicago’s Brittany Cervantes had 5 RBIs on the night and hit two of the Bandits five home runs. Starter Sara Moulton got the win for Chicago, going 4 innings and allowing 2 runs on 8 hits with 2 strikeouts.
The Racers came to life in the 6th and 7th innings, driving in 2 runs in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to bring the score to 12-8, but fell short of the comeback.
The Racers head to Chicago tomorrow, for a rematch against the Bandits, at 8:35 ET/7:35 CT. The game can be streamed online by visiting www.highschoolcube.com and searching for Chicago Bandits. They Racers return to Firestone Stadium on Monday, June 9th at 7:05pm against the Bandits. They will be honoring Charlotte Morgan and the first 500 fans will receive a voucher for a Charlotte Morgan statue.
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