Rosemont, Ill. (July 3, 2019) – Aleshia Ocasio pitched four shutout innings in relief to ensure a 8-1 victory for the Bandits (15-3) over the Comets (9-13) on Wednesday.
After replacing starter Haylie Wagner in the third inning, Ocasio only allowed two baserunners. Ocasio contributed offensively as well with a single and a run scored. Paige Lowary came in to relieve Ocasio and finish the game in the seventh inning, extending the Bandits’ winning streak to nine games.“I think mixing my pitches more than I have been this summer really helped out,” Ocasio said. “Gwen [Svekis] did a good job of pitch calling and I really just tried to throw my rise more often and tried to keep them off balance.”
Despite Comets’ starting pitcher Shelby McCombs entering the game with a 0.29 ERA, the Bandits were able to generate offense early and often off of the rookie. Sandberg got the scoring started in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Brenna Moss. Jessica Scroggins would go on to score on the same play as the result of a Comets error.
The Comets scored a run in the top of the second off of a Carly Thomas double. The Bandits responded in the bottom of the inning with a Katie Reed run coming off of a Moss ground out to extend their lead to 3-1.
In the third inning, Emily Crane chipped in with a solo home run to further extend the Bandits’ advantage. Crane’s home run was her fourth of the season, tying her with USSSA Pride’s Amanda Lorenz for the league lead.
After two scoreless innings, the Bandits added four runs for insurance in the 6th inning. Amanda Chidester opened the floodgates with an RBI double to score Scroggins. Alyssa Dicarlo would go on to hit Chidester home with a single. With the bases loaded after Courtney Gano reached base on a hit by pitch, D.J Sanders added the final two runs for the Bandits with a single.
The Bandits will continue their series with the Comets on Thursday, July 4th at 3:05 CT.
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.