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Chicago Bandits defeat New England Riptide 2-0

July 26, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Chicago Bandits News Release

LOWELL, MA - When the Philadelphia Force traded 2007 NPF Rookie of the Year Kristina Thorson to the Chicago Bandits, it took a while for Thorson to get back to her old form. But in the second half of the seaosn, Thorson has become nearly untouchable.

Thorson (6-5) shut out the New England Riptide, allowing four hits in a complete game with four strikeouts and improved her record to above .500 for the first time this season.

In addition to Thorson, the perfect combination of small ball and the deep ball, the Chicago Bandits (20-14) defeated the New England Riptide for the second straight day with a 2-0 National Pro Fastpitch win Saturday nigth at Martin Softball Field.

In the fourth inning, Rachel Folden led off the inning with a walk and Ashley Carlson same in to run for her. A Jamie Clark single put Carlson and Clark on second and first base and Carlson took third base on the following pitch when Eileen Canney's pitch sailed wild and hit the backstop. The speedster Carlson easily advanced. Nicole Trimboli came up next and smashed a high fly ball to left field. The sacrifice fly gave Carlson ample time to sprint to home and Chicago took a 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Stacy May hit her eighth home run of the season-a solo home run-and Chicago padded its lead to 2-0.

Thorson supressed New England and allowed one hit in the final three innings.

Canney (9-7) pitched seven innings for the Riptide, allowing six hits, one walk and striking out eight Bandits.

Chicago and New England will play Game Three Sunday at 4:05 central time.

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