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Riptide bow out in opener

July 25, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Lowell, Ma -July 25th- Jocelyn Forest and Jessica Sallinger battled in a pitchers duel tonight at Martin Softball Field. In the end it was a soft hit that scored the Bandits' second run and a line drive that did not score the Riptide's as the Bandits took the first game of the series 2-1. Both pitchers gave up one walk and six hits as Forest goes to 6-7 and Sallinger to 9-5.

The Bandits jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a two out home run by Stacy May. The Riptide tied it quickly in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Jessica Merchant and Lisa Modglin.

The Riptide had a chance in the fifth. With bases loaded Lyndsey Angus hit a hard line drive toward third. May was able to snag it and double off TJ Eadus. The Bandits were more fortunate in the seventh. After Jamie Clark led off the inning with a double and Samantha Findlay walked with one out, Lyndsey Schutzler lifted a soft pop up just out of the reach of Gina Carbonatto who dove for the ball. Laura Harms drove in Clark with a sacrifice fly to give the Bandits the 2-1 win.

The Bandits series continues at Martin Softball Field on Saturday the 26th, Sunday the 27th and Monday 28th. Saturday is Make Peace With the Umpires night and Monday is Halloween in July.

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