The Chicago Bandits (19-17) and the Carolina Diamonds (15-20) both had scoring chances on Thursday, but it was the Chicago Bandits that were able to capitalize on them as they pulled out a 7-6 win at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium .
The fact that the Chicago Bandits grouped all of their runs into the second inning helped them take advantage of their hits.
The Chicago Bandits staved off the Carolina Diamonds as the Carolina Diamonds were unable to match the Chicago Bandits down the stretch.
The Carolina Diamonds scored on a two-run home run by GiOnna DiSalvatore and a solo home run by Rachel Folden in the third inning, an RBI single by Sharon Palma in the fifth inning, and an RBI double by DiSalvatore and in the seventh inning. Despite their efforts, the Carolina Diamonds couldn't finish the comeback.
Kristen Butler racked up three RBIs on one hit for the Chicago Bandits. She tripled in the second inning.
A bright spot for the Carolina Diamonds in the defeat was Danielle Spaulding, who allowed only zero runs while striking out five.
Even though Nikki Nemitz allowed six runs over seven innings she still recorded the victory, her sixth of the season. Nemitz struck out six, walked four and gave up 11 hits.
Morgan Melloh ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with her first loss of the year. She allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out two.