Facing her former team for the first time, Monica Abbott dominated inside the circle once again for the Chicago Bandits, leading them to a 3-1 victory over the NPF Diamonds at Rosemont Stadium on Saturday.
While Abbott was rolling on the mound, Rachel Folden was rolling with the bat. She drove in all 3 runs for the Bandits.
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Megan Wiggins led off the first with a single and advanced on an Amber Patton sacrifice bunt. She was driven in on Folden's double to left-center.
Folden struck again in the second after a walk to Tammy Williams and singles from Danielle Zymkowitz and Amber Patton, accounting for all the runs the Bandits needed.
Snappers 7, Cougars 2:
For the first time so far in the second half of the season, the Kane County Cougars never enjoyed a lead as they fell to the Beloit Snappers at Elfstrom Stadium.
Leondy Perez (2-8), who was looking for his 10th quality start in 11 tries, gave up a season-high 7 runs on 7 hits in 4⅔ innings in the loss.
Other than a rain-shortened outing in Fort Wayne in early June, it was Perez's shortest performance since late April.
A triple by Brett Eibner and an RBI single by Jake Kuebler briefly tied the game at 1-1.
But the Snappers scored 3 in the third and 3 more in the fifth to make it 7-1. The Cougars managed the game's final run in the eighth on a run-scoring double by Brian Fletcher.
The Cougars' offense totaled 6 hits and snapped its streak of consecutive games with a home run at eight.
Hermsen (7-6) got the win and combined with a pair of relievers to strike out 14 Cougars.
Outlaws 7, Fielders 0:
For the first time this season, the Lake County Fielders (19-12) failed to score a run, as they lost their fourth consecutive game to the Chico Outlaws (13-18) Friday night.
It also was the first time the Fielders were limited to scoring fewer than 2 runs in a game.