AKRON, Ohio - The Bandits began their quick two-game set against the Akron
Racers with a 7-3 win Tuesday night at Firestone Stadium.
Natalie Hernandez (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI), delivered a clutch three-run home
run past the right field fence, which proved to be the ultimate blow, but a
steady dose of early offense got the Bandits off and running in Akron (5-3).
Thanks to three early errors and RBI-singles from former Racer Jill Barrett
(3-for-4, RBI, R) and Danielle Zymkowitz (1-for-3, RBI), the Bandits built a
3-0 lead before Akron (5-3) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of
Barrett has now collected multiple hits in seven games this season.
Bandits' starter Shelby Turnier (W, 1-1), who earned her first professional
victory, tossed 4.2 strong innings in just her second start of the season.
The No. 11 overall selection in the 2016 NPF Draft allowed three runs on six
hits, while only walking one.
Lacey Waldrop eventually replaced Turnier in the circle with two outs in the
fifth after an RBI-single from Racers rookie shortstop Sami Fagan cut the
deficit to 6-3. Waldrop maneuvered out of the jam with a soft fielder's
choice to end the inning.
Taylor Edwards (2-for-4, HR, 2 R) added some insurance for the Bandits in
the seventh, crushing a solo shot to left for her second home run of the
season. Waldrop shut the door in the bottom half of the frame to finish off
a two-plus inning save, the second of her career.
The Bandits, now 6-4 on the season, will complete their five-game road trip
in Akron tomorrow with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
After tomorrow's game against the Racers, the Bandits will return home for a
quick three game series against Akron. Friday night's game is Fellowship
Night and church groups in attendance will receive early entry for a pregame
talk with Waldrop and other Bandits players. The players will share their
personal testimony and what it means to be a Christian athlete.
Tickets for all remaining home games during the 2016 season are on sale now.
Visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348 to
photos Janos Schmidt