JUNE 11, 2011 UPDATE
PRIDE, BANDITS SPLIT
|Pride 3, Bandits 2
SITE: ESPN/Disney Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
SCORES: Bandits 2, Pride 3
RECORDS: Bandits (0-2), Pride (2-0)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Saturday, June 12 at 6:35 p.m. (part two of double header)
Orlando, Fla. — Stepping into the circle for the first time as the ace of the Chicago Bandits, pitcher Monica Abbott prepared to work against her rival Cat Osterman. Abbott and Osterman battled back and fourth, both allowing seven hits and two runs through nine innings.
In the bottom of the tenth inning and with bases loaded, USSSA Pride left fielder Jessica Mendoza slapped a dribbler down the first baseline. Appearing to stop running, Mendoza froze Bandits first baseman Dorian Shaw just enough to allow Watley to score from third base for the game winning run for a 3-2 win in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Pitching was the overall name of the game today as Bandits second baseman Vicky Galindo stepped up to bat against her former Team USA teammate and USSSA Pride pitcher Cat Osterman in the top of the third inning. With a hit-and-run poke through the right side of the infield, Galindo sent teammate Amber Patton to third base and reach second base on her own during the play.
With two in scoring position for the Bandits, Osterman buckled down in the circle, getting her seventh strikeout to end the inning, this time against rookie Dorian Shaw.
Juarez broke through Osterman in the top of the fourth inning to get just the third hit of the game for the Bandits, reaching second base on a double down the left field line. Juarez was stranded at second base as the fourth runner stranded for Chicago.
After a Jessica Mendoza single to centerfield, Bandits ace Monica Abbott forced her out at second when Galindo flipped an up-the-middle grounder to Christine Knauer at second base. Kelly Kretschman reached first on the fielder’s choice play.
With two on and two outs, Pride coach Tim Walton substituted Tonya Callahan to face her former teammate Monica Abbott. The move worked as Callahan blooped a pinch hit two-run single to right field to give the Pride a 2-0 lead.
A high bouncing grounder up the middle by Jessica Mendoza loaded the bases for the Pride in the bottom of the fifth inning against Abbott. With one out on the board, Knauer snagged a Kretschman grounder to get the out at the plate, keeping a run from scoring. Abbott forced Charlotte Morgan to fly out to right field to strand three on base and end the inning.
Jamee Juarez put the Bandits on the board with her second hit of the game against Pride pitcher Cat Osterman, sending Alexis Jager (pinch running for Rachel Folden) home for a run. One batter later and with Juarez on third base now, Shannon Doepking blasted a double to right field, tying the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
Abbott and Osterman dueled back and forth all the way to the bottom of the tenth.
With Christine Knauer on second base to start the 10th inning by way of the International tie breaker rule, Knauer moved to third with two outs in the top of the tenth. inning. Cat Osterman held strong in the circle, stranding Knauer at third with her 17 strikeout of the game.
The Pride would go on to win the game in the bottom of the tenth, 3-2.
Osterman finished the game with 17 strikeouts and Abbott with five.
NOTES: International tie breaker rule for extra innings was put into place in the 10th inning with Christine Knauer taking second base to start the top half as the last out for the Bandits, from the previous inning.
Bandits 3, Pride 0
Orlando, Fla. — After a bases loaded walk brought home the first run, Bandits left fielder Jamee Juarez beat out a fielders choice infield single to drive in the second run of the first inning for the Bandits, giving Chicago an early 2-0 lead.
Behind the strong, complete game three-hit pitching of Nikki Nemitz and an offensive spark that put six hits and three runs on the board, the Chicago Bandits went on to beat the Pride 3-0 for their first win of the season.
The Bandits’ bats stayed alive into the fifth inning when Danielle Zymkowitz reached first base on an error by Andrea Duran and proceeded to steal second base. Bandits third baseman Amber Patton blasted a single down the left field line, bringing Zymkowitz home to score for the 3-0 lead. Patton reached second on the play but was stranded as Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly ended the inning.
With back to back singles in the top of the sixth, the Bandits threatened the score board again, but Pauly escaped the inning by stranding both runners.
From the defensive side of the field the Bandits flashed the leather in the bottom of the sixth when Zymkowitz snagged a hard grounder up the middle, flipped it to Kristen Shifflett at second base who then threw to Dorian Shaw at first for the double play.
Nemitz would hold tough, striking out five and allowing just three hits en route to her first win of the 2011 season.
SPY NOTE: Enjoyed the firs t game, televised by ESPN, but couldn’t help noticing the sparse crowd for a DH featuring top athletes, including 2 Olympic pitchers and some stars from the WCWS.
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