ROSEMONT, III. – The Chicago Bandits (2-0) have defeated the Cleveland Comets in five innings after a 8-run rule on Friday (Jun. 7).
Brenna Moss started the Bandits off in the top of the third inning with a grounder up the middle following a sacrifice bunt by Jessie Scroggins to advance the runner to second. Hannah Flippen cranked one out to left field to bring in the first run of the game. With a 1-0 lead, Amanda Chidester lined a double down the right field line to score Flippen.
Rachele Fico (1-0) was named “Player of the Game”, throwing four innings and only giving up two hits, as Aleshia Ocasio entered the circle in the fifth to finish the game.
Top of the fifth, Chidester drilled a base hit to left field advancing Flippen to third after her one-out walk. With another walk from Nadia Taylor, bases became loaded for DJ Sanders. After a pass ball at the plate, Flippen stole home making the score 3-0.
Sanders continued the streak with a base hit to center bringing in pinch runners, Abby Ramirez and Katie Reed. With a 5-0 advantage, Gwen Svekis crushed one out of the park with a two-run homer.
Ally Carda got sent to first from a walk bringing Courtney Gano up to bat for Emily Crane. Gano nailed one out to center and Carda reached home on an error from the Comets.
Due to a run rule, the Bandits were able to grab the win in the bottom of the fifth inning with a score of 8-0.
The Chicago Bandits will continue the series with the Cleveland Comets this weekend (Jun. 8-9) at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
About the Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 15th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular-season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional sports team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.