ROSEMONT, IL (August 9, 2017) — The Charge’s playoff chances took a serious hit following back-to-back losses to Chicago Wednesday at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
The situation was made even more dire by the Akron Racers’ doubleheader sweep of the Scrap Yard Dawgs Wednesday in Ohio. In fact, Akron (24-23) can sew up the final postseason berth with a win today against the Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Texas (22-26) must hope the Racers lose and then sweep them in the final series of the regular season in order to keep its 2017 campaign alive.
In Wednesday’s nightcap, the Bandits plated four runs in both the fourth and fifth frames en route to collecting a 10-7 victory.
The Charge made a late push thanks to an RBI double from Lauren Haeger and a three-run double by Kristyn Sandberg, but it simply wasn’t enough.
Haeger took the loss from the pitcher’s circle after working 4 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs — six earned — on eight hits.
Chicago’s Kaia Parnaby got the win after tossing five strong innings and striking out three.
Texas’ Nadia Taylor was 2 for 4 in the nightcap with a home run.
The first contest of the day was dominated by the Bandits, who seized a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Texas starter Coley Ries and ultimately cruised to an 8-0 win.
Chicago was led by multi-hit outings from Sammy Marshall (3 for 3), Natalie Hernandez (2 for 3), Emily Crane (2 for 2) and Megan Blank (2 for 4). Crane smacked two doubles and drove in two, while Blank also finished with a pair of RBIs.
The Charge’s bats were silenced by Parnaby and reliever Shelby Turnier, who combined to scatter five hits. Parnaby got the win after tossing four frames and striking out four.
Texas’ Kylee Lahners was 1 for 1 with a single in the loss.
The Charge now turns their attention to the final series of the regular season Saturday and Sunday in Akron, Ohio. Texas can only hope that a playoff berth will still be on the line.
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game:
Game 1: Emily Crane (Chicago Bandits)
Game 2: Breanna Moss (Chicago Bandits)
About Texas Charge
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.