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Baseball - 27. July 2013.

BANDITS EARN EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN, IMPROVE TO 24-6

Michelle Gascoigne earned her fourth career victory tonight as the Bandits took game three of the series 7-1, extending their win streak to eight games and improving to 24-6.

Comets pitcher Sarah Plourde got into a jam early, walking three consecutive Bandits to load the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Tammy Williams was walked with the bases still loaded, which scored Megan Wiggins. Nikki Nemitz
was also walked, sending Amber Patton home. Eri Yamada then reached on a
Comets fielding error, scoring Alisa Goler and giving the Bandits a 3-0
edge.

After a brief rain delay play resumed in the bottom of the first
with the bases loaded and two outs. The Bandits failed to convert any
more runs, leaving three runners stranded.

The Bandits added another
run to their lead in the bottom of the second when Wiggins hit a
homerun, a solo shot that cleared the right field bleachers, to make the
score 4-0. Wiggins now leads the NPF in homeruns this season with seven.


The Comets threatened in the third inning when they were able to
string together three hits and load the bases. But Gascoigne prevailed,
recording a strikeout to end the inning and keep the Comets off the
scoreboard.

The Bandits tacked on another run in the bottom of the
fourth inning when Wiggins drew a walk and was brought home by William's
RBI single to make the score 5-0 going into the fifth inning.

The
Bandits offense earned two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Brittany Cervantes started the inning out with a solo homerun, her third
of the season. The second run of the inning started with Yamada drawing
a walk before Danielle Zymkowitz and Patton both singled to load the
bases. Goler was then walked, which sent Yamada home, giving the Bandits
a 7-0 lead.

The Comets earned their first run of the game in the top
of the sixth when Angeline Quiocho smacked a solo homerun to deep center
field. The score was 7-1 going into the bottom of the inning.

The
Comets tried to rally one more time during the seventh when two runners
were walked. Bianca Mejia then stepped up to bat and hit what looked
like a homerun to left field, but Yamada made the play on the warning
track to end the game and preserve the Bandits victory.

Plourde
remains winless this season as her record drops to 0-3 after tonight's
game.

The Bandits and Comets return to Rosemont tomorrow for the final
game of the series. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm.
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