ROSEMONT, IL (June 15, 2019)– The Chicago Bandits seek redemption against Team USA after a 6-1 upset on Friday (Jun. 14) with a 6-4 comeback Saturday night (Jun. 15).
Team USA wasted no time getting runs on the board for an early lead over the Bandits. Kelsey Stewart shot a solo homerun to right field for the first inning followed by an RBI single from Haylie McCleney that allowed Jazmyn Jackson to cross the plate in the top of the second.
Hannah Flippen quickly split USA’s lead in half with a homer to left field making the score 2-1 in the top of the third. The Red, White, and Blue came right back with a double from Rachel Garcia that advanced Ali Aguilar home. With a 3-1 lead, Kirsti Merritt made it across the plate after a sacrifice fly from Sahvanna Jaquish.
Jessie Scroggins started the fourth inning off for the Bandits with a triple to left field as Abbey Cheek then landed a sacrifice fly that brought Scroggins home and cut the score to 4-2.
The Bandits steered their way to the top after Amanda Chidester rocked a three-run homer that allowed the Black and Orange to capture the lead at 5-4 in the fifth.
Flippen didn’t stop there for the Bandits where the California native received her second homerun of the night that secured the win over Team USA.
The Bandits are set to face off against Team USA one last time on Sunday (Jun. 16) at 2 p.m. CT at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
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.