VIERA, Fla. — USSSA Pride left fielder Megan Wiggins delivered a walk-off single and the Chicago Bandits lost for the first time during the 2018 season, dropping the series opener 2-1 Monday night at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.
Wiggins, in her eighth season at the professional level, sent a looping line drive to center as Bianka Bell raced home from second with the winning run.
Bandits southpaw Paige Lowary suffered a tough loss in relief. The former Oklahoma standout, combined with Lacey Waldrop, maneuvered out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the sixth inning to preserve a 1-1 game at the time before surrendering the winning run the following frame.
Starting pitcher Danielle O’Toole was saddled with a no-decision after working the first three innings. The second-year southpaw allowed just one run, a solo shot off the bat of Kirsti Merritt, and struck out three.
Merritt’s blast held as the lone run of the ballgame until Bandits right fielder Jessie Scroggins ripped an RBI triple down the right field line in the fifth to plate Delaney Spaulding. Scroggins, the No. 15 overall selection in the 2018 NPF Draft, recorded a pair of hits in the game. Her offensive performance, along with left fielder Brenna Moss’ two-hit night, supplied the majority of the Bandits’ offense against Pride starter Jolene Henderson.
Henderson picked up her fourth victory of the season in a complete game effort. The right-hander scattered six hits and struck out two in the win.
Scroggins’ run-scoring triple marked the first earned run charged to Henderson during the 2018 campaign.
The Bandits (18-1) and Pride (14-0) will continue their three-game set at Space Coast with a 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The game will be broadcast via NPFTV.
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— Attendance: 2,395
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Megan Wiggins (2-for-4, GW-RBI)
— Sammy Marshall’s leaping grab to rob USSSA’s Hallie Wilson of a home run during the third inning is under consideration by ESPN to receive a spot on SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” of the night.
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 Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.