Not close enough, Bandits lose 4-3
The Chicago Bandits (2-2) fell short in the nationally televised game four of the five game series against the USSSA Pride (2-2) today on ESPN 2.
In the third inning, the Pride’s Kelly Kretschman blasted a three-run home run against Bandits pitcher Kristina Thorson, to give the Pride a 4-0 lead.
Bandits’ pitcher Jennie Finch started the game, but struggled early, walking four batters in a row in the second inning, putting the Pride up 1-0.
Bandits’ center fielder Vicky Galindo got things going in the fourth inning when she hit a single up the middle that Pride left fielder Jessica Mendoza misplayed for an error. Chicago third baseman Stacy May was able to come around to put the Bandits on the board, 4-1.
The big hit of the night for the Bandits came when May hit a double deep to left field off the fence scoreing two to close the scoring gap to 4-3.
With a full count, two runners in scoring position and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Chicago made one last effort at a comeback.
It was a flashback to the final inning in Friday night’s game, except this time the Bandits were the team fighting for a comeback. May was unable to get a hit, smacking a chopper right to USSSA third baseman Andrea Duran for the third out, ending the game at 4-3 in favor of the Pride.
. Tonight’s loss for the Bandits ties the series at two games apiece, heading into the rubber match at 12 p.m. CT tomorrow. The final game of the series will be broadcast live through www.USSSAPride.com.
Following this series, the Bandits head to Rockford to face off with the Rockford Riverhawks in a Battle of the Sexes game on June 17.
For more information about the Bandits go to www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-7BANDIT.
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