Rosemont, Ill. (July 5, 2019) – A four run third inning sparked the Chicago Bandits (17-3) in their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Comets (9-15) on Friday.
After Emily Crane got on base with a walk, Gwen Svekis started the scoring for the Bandits with a towering two run home run. Svekis is now one behind Crane for the team lead in home runs with three on the season.
“I went in there and was ready to catch up to her speed. [Sierra Hyland] was booking it in there a little bit,” Svekis said. “My idea was to get on time and attack early in the count.”
Abby Ramirez kept the inning going in the very next at-bat with another walk. After Brenna Moss reached base with a single, Jessie Scroggins got the runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Hannah Flippen hit a single to capitalize on the opportunity and scored Ramirez and Moss.
The Bandits further added to their lead in the fourth inning. Kristyn Sandberg started things off with a single. With Aleshia Ocasio pinch running, Crane hit a double to score Ocasio all the way from first base.
To go along with a strong offense, the Bandits also got a significant contribution from their pitching staff. Ocasio started the first 4.2 innings, giving up her lone run on a Chelsea Gonzales home run in the fifth inning. Kelly Barnhill came in relief with two outs in the inning and finished the rest of the game. Barnhill struck out three batters and only gave up one baserunner in 2.1 innings.
The Bandits will look to continue their winning streak and complete the series sweep over the Comets with a double header on Saturday, July 6th. The first game will start at 4:30 C.T.
ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th 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
softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has 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.