07/13/2016 12:00 AM -
Rosemont, Illinois - July 13th, 2016 – The Dawgs finally got game one underway at Rosemont Stadium after an hour and a half lightning delay postponed the original start time.
After two solid wins against the USSSA Pride the Dawgs looked to carry that momentum into game one against the Bandits. Kiki Stokes remained hot in the box with a single up the middle to start off the first inning; extending her hit streak to three games in a row. After a scoreless first inning for the Dawgs the Bandits get on the board early. They ended the side with three hits, including an RBI double from Brittany Cervantes which scored Sammy Marshall who reached on a fielder’s choice (1-0). Another hit from second baseman, Danielle Zymkowitz would put another run on (2-0). A fly out to Dawgs right fielder, Emilee Koerner would end the inning.
Kentucky Wildcat, Christian Stokes tried to spark the offense for the Dawgs with one out in the top of the second by hitting a gapper to right-center field for the second hit of the night but was left stranded at first base. Bandits, Megan Blank had the first hit of the bottom of the second with a stand up double. With a runner in scoring position Jill Barrett earned her second hit of the night that was almost robbed by third baseman, Amanda Fama but would score Blank (3-0). Barrett remained on first as Marshall stepped in the box and poked one to left field where K. Stokes gave an incredible diving error but came up just short allowing Barrett to come home (4-0). In her fifth season with the Bandits, Cervantes hit another hard shot up the middle off of Dawgs pitcher, Ivy Renfroe for her second double of the night plating Marshall for another run (5-0).
K. Stokes earned her second hit from a bullet in the 3-4 hole. A ground out from Nerissa Myers put K. Stokes in scoring position for cleanup hitter, Koerner to step in clutch with a single up the middle to put the Dawgs on the board (5-1). In the bottom of the third inning a pitching change for the Dawgs included Ellen “Renfroe” Reed; sister to starting pitcher Ivy Renfroe. Reed entered after hitting Zymkowitz with a pitch quickly ended the inning 1-2-3.
The Dawgs came alive in the top of the fourth when Taylore Fuller drove a long ball into left field putting another run up for her team (5-2), her fourth on the season. Crane takes a free pass from Bandits pitcher, Angel Bunner. K. Stokes connected again for her third hit and second double of the night scoring the speedster Crane from first base (5-3). The Bandits turned to Lacey Waldrop for relief in the top of the inning as pinch hitter and Division 2 national champion, Renee Erwin stepped up to the plate. The side ended on a strikeout to Erwin.
The Bandits left runners stranded on second and third as Reed comes up big with a strikeout to Taylor Edwards to keep Chicago scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. The Dawgs continued to fight back for the lead when Myers crushes a line drive into the center field fence for a double. The Bandits put starting pitcher, Angel Bunner back in the circle after the Myers liner. Amanda Fama who has been on fire from the start of the Dawgs road trip hit her third home run, this time a two-run bomb, since being on the road to tie up the game 5-5. With the game tied, the Bandits put in their third pitcher of the evening rookie, Morgan Foley.
The Dawgs shut down the Bandits in the bottom of the fifth with two quick pop ups from Zymkowitz and Natalie Hernandez. A fielding error from Lexi Overstreet at first base put Megan Blank on first followed by a base hit from Brenna Moss. With two outs and runners on first and second the Bandits brought up pinch hitter and 2016 national runner-up from Auburn University, Emily Carosone who grounded out to shortstop, C. Stokes.
Overstreet helping the Dawgs effort in getting ahead cracked a solo home-run to put the Dawgs ahead for the first time in the game (6-5) in the top of the sixth. Crane took her second walk of the night to bring up K. Stokes. The Bandits once again made a pitching change this time to lefty, Michelle Gascoigne. Gascoigne with one pitch forced K. Stokes to ground out into a double play.
Dawgs pitcher, Reed played equally impressive defensively as she did pitching, snagging a line drive from Marshall and picking off Barrett who reached on a base hit in the beginning of the inning for two outs. After a bunt by Cervantes and intentional walk to catcher, Taylor Edwards the Dawgs bring in Monica Abbott to close the game. The first to face Abbott was Zymkowitz who was retired via strikeout.
After a continuous back and forth battle from both teams the Dawgs continue to take it to the Bandits. Myers hits a warning track fly out just a few feet from going over. A strikeout to Koerner brought up Fama who hit another hard shot up the middle off the glove of pitcher, Gascoigne for a single. She would reach second on a passed ball with Fuller up to bat who takes four pitches on a free pass. Pinch hitter, Meagan May Whitley in for shortstop, C. Stokes when she crushed a three-run out of the park shot to allow the Dawgs to run away with a 9 to 5 game after a 1-2-3 defensive inning for the Dawgs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Dawgs will be back in action again tomorrow July 14th, for game two against the Chicago Bandits at Rosemont Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.
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