LISLE, Ill. - The Comcast Chicago Bandits played the National Professional Fastpitch leagues first place team even, for three innings, but the Washington Glory erupted for four runs in the fourth inning on its a way to a 5-1 victory. The loss put the fifth place Bandits at 19-18 overall, while the Glory improved to 29-12.
Chicago starter Jessica Sallinger took the circle for the Bandits and kept the game close in the early going before Washington plated four earned runs against Sallinger in there half of the top of the fourth inning. Sallinger had two walks and two strikeouts in her four innings of work.
The Bandits utilized four pitchers in all during the game
In that fourth inning, the Glory drew a lead off walk by Kelly Kretschman. Oli Keohohou came back and ripped a shot down left field line for the first hit of the game for the visitors. Nicole Thompson added to the hits when she crushed a pitch to right field giving herself a stand up double, and scoring two. Thompson continued to mess with the Bandits heads when she used her speed to steal third. After back to back hits Sallinger tried to compose herself but struggled when she hit Jessica Moore with a pitch. Sarah Larquier continued the Glorys streak of hits when she smashed a double to right field scoring Thompson and Moore. Larquier was thrown out when she caught rounding the bag between second and third. Washington added an insurance run in the top of the fifth.
Stacey May slugged her third home run of the season - a blast to right center field - to account for Chicagos loan run of the game. Lead off hitter Vicky Galindo went 2-3 to round out the Bandits offense of the game.
Washingtons Thompson was 2-3 with one run scored and two runs batted in to lead the Glorys hitting attack. Lanquier had two RBI as well.
Both teams will resume the series tomorrow night at 7:05pm, at Benedictine Sports Complex.