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Bandits take down Pride in series finale, 8-2
After falling short the night before, the Bandits (3-2) came out swinging in
the first inning of Sunday's game against the USSSA Pride (2-3), scoring two
quick runs off hits by center fielder Vicky Galindo and catcher Rachel
Bandits' rookie shortstop Christine Knauer showed off her speed with an
inside-the-park home run in the second inning, and again by beating out the
throw on a bunt in the sixth inning to load the bases.
Knauer showed her defensive ability in the field as well, with a solo double
play in the fourth inning.
Rachel Folden blasted a solo home run to deep left field to lead off the
third inning, making it 4-0 Bandits.
The Pride threatened the Bandits lead in the third inning. It began with a
double by Melissa Roth to right center field just off the glove of a diving
Galindo, bringing the score to 4-2. The Pride would again load the bases,
but with back to back strikeouts by Jessica Sallinger, the threat was ended.
Right fielder Angela Findlay showed some defensive leather with a couple
crucial grabs, one coming in the fifth inning over the fence in foul
In the sixth inning the Bandits kept the ball rolling, scoring two more runs
off hits by Rachel Mitchell and Stacy May with two singles, and a Vicky
Galindo triple to right field, bringing in two runs to put the score at 8-2
in favor of the Bandits.
Jennie Finch came in for Jessica Sallinger in the sixth inning for the
Bandits to end another bases loaded threat by the Pride. She finished out
the game, with a final score of 8-2. Sallinger earned the victory after
three innings of two hit and four strikeouts. Her season ERA dropped to
10.39 after the victory.
This game concluded the five game series between the Pride and the Bandits
with the Bandits coming out on top 3-2.
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– but the sailors praise the new boats
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Photo Credit: Dario Belingheri/Bettini Photo