There seems to be a pattern emerging: A four-run sixth inning propelled the Chicago Bandits, a women’s pro softball team, to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Rockford RiverHawks (independent; Frontier League) in the second annual Battle of the Sexes fast-pitch exhibition Tuesday night.
The RiverHawks were no-hit until the final inning of last season’s contest, but this year WIFR Sports Director Pat Gostele led off the bottom of the first with a single. Gostele was out at second, however, on Jake Eigsti’s double play groundout.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when Alex Szymanski hit a two-out RBI single that brought home Matt Zoltak.
Bandits’ starter Nikki Nemitz allowed four hits and struck out eight in five innings to earn the win. Jamee Juarez relieved Nemitz, and pitched the final two innings.
RiverHawks starter Ray Reynolds struck out seven through four scoreless innings of work, but took the no decision. Reliever Bryant Hale was roughed up in the sixth and took the loss.
The Bandits are now 2-0 against the RiverHawks in the Battle of the Sexes exhibitions.
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