After a week hiatus, the Rockford Thunder traveled to Kissimmee, Fla., to take on the USSSA pride in a five-game series. The Thunder had been struggling before their one-week break, and aimed to return to the level of play they had achieved in the first month of the season.
In game one of the series, Thunder pitcher Allison Kime returned to her home state of Florida in hopes to earn the first win of the series for the Thunder. Although her homecoming was not as extravagant as she would have hoped, as the Pride started things off with a seven-run second inning, en route to a 9-4 victory.
The Thunder called Cat Osterman to the circle in game two to face the Pride’s Desiree Serrano. As you can expect, Osterman was lights out as she struck out 14 while only allowing three hits. Serrano was dominant as well, striking out seven while giving up five hits. The scoreless night was broken by the Thunder in the fifth inning as Chelsea Spencer singled to left field with two outs, scoring Amanda Williams. The Thunder went on to win 1-0, improving Osterman’s record to 9-0.
Rookie Samantha Sheeley was the Thunder’s starting pitcher in game three, and she was dominant as she picked up the win, allowing only three hits in the contest while striking out six. The Thunder won game three 3-0, scoring all of their runs in the third inning.
The Thunder looked to take the series on Saturday night as they once again called on the services of Osterman to get the job done. The Thunder gave Osterman a three-run lead before she even stepped into the circle, thanks in part to a two-out rally started by Williams. Osterman went on to pitch five innings of scoreless softball, allowing only two hits while striking out nine. Osterman’s record improved to 10-0, and the Thunder and their fans alike are certainly glad to have Osterman back after her time spent with Team USA.
The Thunder (18-16) are in third place behind the first-place Chicago Bandits (23-10) and the second-place Akron Racers (25-14). The Thunder will take on the Chicago Bandits for their final series of the season next week in Chicago, before the Championship Series in Akron, Ohio.
For more information about the Thunder or to purchase tickets, contact the Thunder at (815) 965-7000. Additional information can also be obtained on the Thunder Web site at www.thunderprofastpitch.com.
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from the Aug 12-18, 2009 issue