JULY 5 NPF UPDATE
Comets Take First Game of Series vs. Bandits, 5-3
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits welcomed the NY/NJ Comets to the Ballpark at Rosemont for the first time in franchise history after the Comets inherited all rights to the Carolina Diamond’s players after folding last season. The Comets took game one of the four-game series, 5-3, breaking their eight game losing streak, while handing the Bandits just their fourth loss of the season.
Mel Dumezich (1-2, 2.14 ERA) made her third start in the circle for the Bandits, giving up five runs off five hits and striking out four in three and third innings pitched. Angel Bunner (1-3, 5.45 ERA) earned her first win of the season, giving up three runs off six hits and striking out three.
The Comets got off to a fast start, scoring a run in the first after drawing a leadoff walk to open the game. NY/NJ took advantage of the runner as Bianca Mejia’s single scored the first run and giving the Comets the momentum for the remainder of the game.
NY/NJ tacked on two more runs in the third after Samie Garcia opened the inning with a single and Angie Quiocho’s homerun gave the Comets a 3-0 advantage. Despite a single and steal from Wiggins, the Bandits continued to be held scoreless through the third, trailing 3-0.
The Comets plated two more runs in the fourth after back-to-back singles and back-to-back walks scored a run, increasing the lead to 4-0. Michelle Gascoigne entered the game to pitch for the Bandits with one out in the inning and the bases loaded. Mejia’s pop up allowed another runner to tag up and score, but the Bandits turned a double play to end the inning down 5-0.
The Bandits showed a little life in the fifth, plating three runs off three hits. Kimi Pohlman singled and Vicky Galindo was hit by pitch to put a pair of runners on for Brittany Cervantes whose single to right scored both runners. Cervantes was brought home off Kristen Butler’s single as the Bandits trailed 5-3.
The Comets loaded the bases in the sixth but a hit back to Gascoigne was turned into a double play to end the inning and keep the Bandits within two runs.
Despite a 1-2-3 seventh inning by the Bandits, the Comets struck right back with defense of their own and did not allow a hit in the bottom of the seventh. The game ended with a final score of 5-3.
The second game of the series is tomorrow, Thursday, July 4 at the Ballpark at Rosemont. First pitch is set for 2:05 P.M.
-Tonight’s attendance was 868
-RBIs by Mejia, Quiocho, and Kamekona helped the Comets end their eight game losing streak
-Bunner recorded her first career win
To purchase tickets for the 2013 season, call the Bandits office at (877) 722-6348 or visit the team’s website at www.chicagobandits.com/tickets/singlegame
SITE: The Ballpark at Rosemont
RECORDS: Bandits (12-4), Comets (3-14)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Thursday, July 4 @ 2:05 pm vs. NY/NJ Comets
AKRON RACERS FALL 1-0 TO THE USSSA PRIDE
MAUMEE, OH – July 5, 2013 – One day after the Fourth of July, patriotic spirit came alive for the Akron Racers shortly after the public address system died. When the speakers stopped working just in time for the playing of the national anthem, the Racers banded together and sang the national anthem for the first time in team history at the request of Co-owner and GM Joey Arrietta. But the Racers could not carry that spirit through to the game, losing a close 1-0 game to the USSSA Pride.
The microphone mishap contributed to the nostalgic setting of the game, since the Racers and the Pride played on Field 1 of the Lucas County Rec Center, one of the same fields where the Pride hosted a youth tournament earlier in the day. In the hunt to rebound after a close loss to USSSA the day before, the Racers sent veteran ace Lisa Norris to the circle against all-time National Pro Fastpitch wins leader Sarah Pauly.
The game proved to be a heated pitchers’ duel from the get-go. More than half of the game passed before either team got on the board. The Pride struck first, scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning when GiOnna DiSalvatore led off with a double. Jenn Salling pinch ran for DiSalvatore and advanced to third on Andrea Duran’s sacrifice hit. Bruder singled to score Salling, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead. The run served as the only offense the Pride would need to beat the Racers that day. The Racers mustered just three hits against Pauly, who struck out 10 and walked none en route to her fourth win of the season. The Racers tried to rally late in the game, when Charlotte Morgan singled to left field in the bottom of the seventh. But Pauly struck out the side to end the game and strand Morgan at first base.
Norris pitched five strong innings for Akron, giving up just five hits and one run before Erin Arevalo replaced her in the sixth inning. Arevalo finished the game for the Racers, holding the Pride scoreless with one strikeout in her two innings of work. Even with the loss, the Racers continued to show significant improvement on defense and did not commit an error against the Pride. Kelley Montalvo continued to provide the Racers with an invaluable defensive spark at third base, making a beautiful catch on a high pop fly in foul territory to retire Bruder in the top of the second inning. Tess Sito also showed her strong glove, making two superb plays on a popup behind the first base bag in the third inning and turning an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning.
The Racers and the Pride are scheduled to return to Firestone Stadium in Akron for the third game of this four-game series tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. EST.
SITE: Lucas County Rec Center
SCORE: Racers 0, Pride 1
RECORDS: Racers (6-11), Pride (13 – 5)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Saturday, July 6 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. USSSA Pride