Singles lift Bandits

The Chicago Bandits used four runs in the top of the fifth inning on Friday to beat the Akron Racers 5-1 in Akron, Ohio.

Chicago (21-6) had five infield singles, a sacrafice fly and took advantage of two Akron errors in the fifth. With the game tied at 1, Jamie Schloredt smacked a one-out single to the shortstop. Aileen Morales came in to pinch run for Schloredt and stole second base. Caitlin Lever then singled to third base, which moved Morales to third.

After Akron's Jamee Juarez came in to try to work out of the jam, Bandits leadoff hitter Stacy May laid down a bunt that went to second base. By the time second baseman Kenora Posey fielded the ball, Chicago had taken a 2-1 lead and everyone was safe.

With the bases loaded, Rachel Folden hit a fly ball to left field. The ball allowed Lever to score and both May and Amber Patton to advance to second and third. Tammy Williams then hit a ground ball to first baseman Sam Ricketts, who fielded the ball. She tossed it behind Posey, who was covering first on the play, which allowed May and Patton to score.

The Racers' Jessica Toocheck blasted a double into right field and then advanced to third when Patton missed the cut off and the ball rolled across the infield. Posey then hit a groundout to the shortstop, which allowed Toocheck to score.

Brittany Weil (2-3) picked up the loss for Akron as she surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. Weil also struck out three Bandits. Pitching in relief for Akron, Juarez allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out a pair of Chicago hitters.

For Chicago, Eileen Canney (8-1) picked up the win in relief. The Bandit pitcher allowed only one hit and one walk in four innings while striking out five. Bandit starter Brandice Balschmiter allowed an unearned run on two hits in the first three innings of the game.

The Racers and Bandits will play at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.