By S.C. Zuba
The Rockford Thunder faced off against the Chicago Bandits for their final series of the season in Chicago last week.
The Thunder’s Cat Osterman took on the Bandits’ Eileen Canne in game one. The Thunder scored early when Chelsea Spencer hit a two-out line drive that scored Chelsea Mesa from second in the top of the first inning.
That would be all the Thunder would need as Osterman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning that was broken up by Bandits catcher Rachel Folden. Osterman went on to strike out Nicole Trimboli swinging for the final out of the game, giving Rockford the 2-0 victory.
Game two brought Olympian Jennie Finch to the mount for the Bandits, and Finch pitched like an Olympian. The Bandits’ provided the run support Finch would need to get the win as they scored 10 runs off 15 hits en route to a 10-0 shutout.
The Bandits picked up in game three where they left off the night before. In the bottom of the first inning, Samantha Findlay crushed a grand slam over the centerfield fence off the Thunder’s Allison Kime to put the Bandits up 4-0. Kime finished with six strikeouts, six walks and six earned runs on nine hits in the losing effort as the Bandits took the game 6-0.
The Thunder brought their ace, Osterman, to the circle Saturday night, Aug. 15, in hopes of evening out the series, but the Bandits had other plans for the night. Bandits’ third baseman Stacy May hit a solo home run off Osterman in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Bandits a 1-0 lead. The Thunder’s bats were silent as the Bandits won 1-0, giving Osterman her first loss of the season and clinching a first-place bid for the Bandits in next week’s National Pro Fastpitch playoffs.
The Rockford Thunder announced they will be arranging a fan bus for fans to attend the playoffs in Akron, Ohio. Fans are encouraged to pre-pay to reserve a spot on the bus, but walk-ups will be accepted as space allows. The trips are limited to 40 seats per game. Checks, credit cards and cash will be accepted.
Bus tickets are available for just $15 and can be reserved today by calling the office at (815) 965-7000.
The $15 bus ticket includes a ticket to the game, roundtrip transportation and drinks to and from the game.
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From the Aug. 19-25, 2009 issue