For the second consecutive game, the Bandits fought
back from a late deficit, however, they could not complete the job,
falling to the Akron Racers by a score of 8-4 in extra innings. It
marked the first loss of the year for the Bandits, who entered the game
having won their first five contests of the 2015 season.
In the ninth inning, Racers right fielder Jen Gilbert (1-for-5, HR)
launched a no-doubter to the right field bleachers off Tatum Edwards (L,
2-1) to give Akron the lead. After being replaced following a shaky 2.1
innings in the circle to start the game, Edwards re-entered in the
ninth, but her struggles continued. She was tacked for her first loss of
the season and walked eight batters total.
"(Edwards) is going to do well," Gascoigne said. "We're all still
getting back into it. We just need to cut down on the walks. Once we do
that, I think we're going to do a lot better as a staff."
After working a clean first inning, Edwards ran into some trouble in the
second. Haley Outon (1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB) drew a one-out walk for Akron
and later came around to score on a single from Kelley Montalvo
(3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI).
With Edwards struggling, the Bandits turned to Michelle Gascoigne, who
pitched well in relief. The third-year pitcher from Oklahoma surrendered
just two runs in 5.2 innings, fanning six batters. After the Racers
pulled ahead 3-0, the Bandits began mounting their comeback. Natalie
Hernandez (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) smacked an RBI-double to left-center, the
first hit of the ballgame for the Bandits. A sacrifice fly from Danielle
Zymkowitz (1-for-3, RBI) and an RBI on a chopper from Emily Allard
(3-for-5, 2 RBI) tied the game in the fifth. The score remained 3-3
until the ninth, when the Racers struck for five runs, four of which
were credited to Edwards. Gascoigne said that the team decided to take
the safe route with her arm this early in the season.
"We just didn't want to push it too much tonight," Gascoigne said. "I
wish I could have gone the distance for us, but we're thinking long term
Trailing 8-3, the Bandits made one final rally to try and extend the
game. Allard came through with another RBI-single on a chopper to third,
but it was not enough and the Racers managed to stave off a series sweep
for the Bandits.
"I think it says a lot that in the bottom of the ninth we came back and
put a run up on the board even after (Akron) put up a five-spot,"
Gascoigne said. "This team is full of fight and we have so many ways
that we can score."
The Bandits will hit the road for their next series, a three-game set
against the Pennsylvania Rebellion beginning Monday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m.
CST. The Bandits swept the Rebellion in their first series of the 2015
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Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day