ELGIN - The Comcast Chicago Bandits (4-6) started game two of the four game series off with an impressive defensive stop by Stacy May laying out and barely snatching the ball before hitting the grass, giving Chicago their first out of the game.
Jamie Southern (2-1) took the circle for the orange and black as Bandit alum Lauren Bay took the mound for Canada. Bay was NPF Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005.
Canada wasted no time in getting on the board courtesy of a Sheena Lawrick homerun bomb in the top of the second.
Aileen Morales led off the third with a hard single through the infield and put herself into primetime scoring position by stealing both second and third The Bandits were unable to capitalize leaving the score 1-0 heading into the top of the fourth.
A Chicago pitching change in the fourth saw Amanda Freed (one save on the season) come in relief for the southpaw Southern.
Bandit bats came alive in the fourth staging a comeback while closing the lead to just one run. Rachel Folden started things off with a looping single to shallow center. Samantha Findlay blasted a double off the outfield wall scoring Folden for the first and only run of the night.
Canada continued their offensive campaign into the fifth totaling four hits resulting in two more runs for the Olympic squad.
With grit and determination, the home team showed no signs of throwing in the towel. Stacy May got the ball rolling with a shot to leftfield. On a throwing error by catcher Erin Cumpstone, May was able to advance to second. Findlay showed patience at the plate and took a free pass to first. Canada was able to wiggle out of the inning putting the rally to a halt.
Canada’s offensive onslaught of 12 hits and three homeruns proved to be too much for the Bandits giving the white and red the 6-1win.
Chicago will play game three tomorrow with start time slated for 3:05pm. Don’t forget that Sunday is Kid’s Day and any child 14 or under receives half off the admission price of $10.