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Riptide's four unearned runs costly in 8-7 loss to Bandits

August 9, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Elgin, Ill - Neither start faired well tonight, Jessica Sallinger for the Bandits and Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide as each gave up seven runs (three earned by Forest and six by Sallinger) and lasted only until the sixth inning. The Bandits went on to win 8-7 as each of the Riptide's two errors proved to be costly.

The Riptide started well. Jackie Pasquerella led off with an infield hit deep into the 5-6 hole. One out later Lisa Modglin hit Sallinger's first pitch over the center field fence to give the Riptide a 2-0 lead. They extended to 3-0 without the benefit of a hit in the second. Carmen Paez opened the inning with a walk and quickly got to third on a sacrifice by KJ Kelley and a wild pitch by Sallinger. After Lisa Iancin walked throwing error by Emily Nichols trying to throw out a stealing Iancin allowed Paez to score.

The Bandits fought back, though, scoring four in the second to take a 4-3 lead after two. With one out Nicole Trimboli hit a homerun to right field. Samantha Finley's single and a walk to Laura Harms set up a bizarre play with runners at first and second. Aileen Morales then hit a ground ball into the 5-6 hole that Jessica Merchant was able to knock down for a singe. However, the ball was fielded by Shanel Scott whose throw to Kelley was not in time to get Finley. When Kelley attempted to get Harms going to third she threw the ball into left field allowing both Harms and Morales to score.

The Bandits stretched the lead to 6-3 on a couple of unearned runs. Emily Nichols reached on an error by Jessica Williams and with two outs Stacy May hit her 11th homerun of the year, a massive shot over the left field scoreboard. The Riptide were not done and put up their own four spot to take back the lead, 7-6 in the sixth. Kelley led off with a single and Lisa Iancin drew a walk, the sixth given up by Sallinger. With one out Pasquerella put down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Gina Carbonatto singled to bring the score to 6-4 and Sallinger came out of the game in favor of Tracie Adix. Adix struck out Modglin but Lyndsey Angus hit a ball into the right center gap to give the Riptide the lead. The Bandits came back with two homeruns to take an 8-7 lead. Samantha Findlay led the inning off to tie the game. Eileen Canney came in to relieve Forest and she gave one up to Laura Harms, her second of the year and the fourth for the Bandits on the night. It turned out to be the game winner as the Riptide could not muster up anything against Adix in the seventh. Eileen Canney (11-9) takes the loss for the Riptide while Adix gets the win.

The Riptide play two more with the Bandits over the next two days. They return home to Martin Softball Field on August 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th to wrap up the regular season against the first place Washington Glory.

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