07/14/2016 12:00 AM -
Rosemont, Illinois - July 14th, 2016 – Game two against the Bandits took place at Rosemont Ballpark on a beautiful Chicago day.
The Dawgs began game two against Bandits pitcher, Sara Moulton, in her third season with a 4.24 ERA coming into today. After sitting down Kiki Stokes, Moulton gave up a standing double to Notre Dame Alum, Emilee Koerner as she poked one over the second baseman, Danielle Zymkowitz. Amanda Fama continued to be an integral part of the Dawgs offense by hitting a line drive to right-center field to score Koerner who was at third after reaching on a passed ball from the catcher, Kellsi Kloss (1-0). Moulton ended the first inning by getting designated player, Madison Shipman to pop up on a deep ball to right field.
With Rachel Fox in the circle for the Dawgs she sat down the first three batters in order with ground outs to each in the bottom of the first. Meagan May Whitley took one for the team in the top of the second by taking a pitch to the elbow. Shortstop, Christian Stokes kept the Dawgs rolling with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second. However, the Bandits stayed sharp on defense when a pop up to left fielder, Natalie Hernandez resulted in out number two followed by a target throw to second base in time to get May Whitley in her lead off.
Chicago loaded the bases quickly in the second after Taylor Edwards got hit by a pitch followed by three hits in a row from Zymkowitz, Hernandez, and Blank respectively. Blanks’ single to right field would score Edwards and Zymkowitz making it a 2-1 game with runners on first and third. With bases loaded again after a walk to right fielder, Kristen Brown, Kloss entered the box and delivered a sacrifice fly ball to Koerner in right field for the first out scoring Hernandez (3-1). Fox sat down Bandits’ Jill Barrett with a strikeout and the third out came with the help of C. Stokes in a great play to throw out a speedy Sammy Marshall at first base.
Back-to-back hits for the Dawgs, a single by Koerner and double from Nerissa Myers resulted in a pitching change for the Bandits in the top of the third inning. Shelby Turnier entered the circle with a 2-3 record on the season and 5.36 ERA. Moulton ended the night with one strikeout, giving up five hits and one earned run.
Another amazing defensive inning for the Dawgs in the bottom of the third with a routine pop-up to Crane followed by a diving catch from Fama at third base on a short pop-up by Zymkowitz just in front of home plate. A hard shot from Hernandez was snagged by K. Stokes to end the side.
The Dawgs put in Tennessee Alum, Ellen Reed for relief in the top of the fourth after a single from Megan Blank and double by Kristen Brown put runners on second and third. Fox ended the game with one strikeout, giving up six hits on three earned runs. A single for Kloss scored Blank (4-1). ‘Left side strong side’ is the perfect quote for the Dawgs shortstop and third basemen of this game, C. Stokes and Fama who combined for eight (8) total outs on the night. C. Stokes made another great play on a routine ground ball throwing home for May Whitley to apply the tag to Brown for an out. Directly following Fama snagged a hard line drive off the bat of Cervantes and quickly doubled it up with a bullet to first to pick off a generous leading Marshall.
After a scoreless fifth inning for both teams, in the top of the sixth the Bandits made another pitching change to Michelle Gascoigne while the Dawgs entered pinch hitter, Lee Ann Spivey for Overstreet who grounded out to third baseman, Megan Blank. Both teams go scoreless in the sixth to keep the Bandits ahead by three (3). The seventh inning remained the same as the Dawgs could not put any more runs across and split the two-game series 1-1 with this 4-1 loss.
The Dawgs will be back in action on July 18th and 19th when they travel to Akron, Ohio to face off against the Racers in a two-game series at Firestone Stadium before they head back home for a weekend home series against the Dallas Charge July 22nd to the 24th at Scrap Yard Sports Complex. First pitch in Akron is scheduled for 6:05pm.
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