ROSEMONT, III. (June 8, 2019)– The Chicago Bandits (3-0) came out on top (9-8) during extra innings for Game 3 of the series against the Cleveland Comets on Saturday night (Jun. 8).
The Comets took control of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Anissa Urtez started the inning off with a sacrifice bunt calling her safe at first after an error while advancing Rhodes to second. Chelsea Gonzales drilled a base hit bringing in both Rhodes and Urtez putting Cleveland in the lead.
With a runner on third, Brittany Cervantes brought in Gonzales after a base hit to left field making the score is 3-0. Haylie Wagner entered the circle for Ally Carda getting the Bandits out of the inning.
The Bandits came out hot in the top of the third inning cutting the Comets lead to only one run. Brenna Moss and Jessie Scroggins got on base giving Hannah Flippen runners on first and third. With a base hit to left field, Moss was able to cross the plate putting the Bandits on the board. Flippen quickly took off to second allowing Scroggins to steal home cutting the score by one at 3-2.
Cleveland quickly appeared back on top in the bottom of the third inning scoring four runs off of five hits.
Savannah Heebner entered the game for Wagner and threw her first professional strikeout against her first hitter and then threw out the next runner. Bottom of the fourth, Comets still lead 7-2.
Bandit’s five-run shortage rapidly changed into two during the 6th. Amanda Chidester led off with a double to right-center following another double by Kristyn Sandberg that brought in a run. With bases loaded, Nadia Taylor hit in Sandberg off a single and Scroggins walked to advance another runner to home. Bandits ended the inning 7-5.
Bottom of the 6th, Tori Vidales cranked out a base hit to left to bring home Marshall. With an 8-5 lead and runners on first and second, Paige Lowary came in for Heebner to get the last two outs.
DJ Sanders landed a double in right field to bring in Chidester during the 7th and Sandberg drove in an RBI to make the game a one-run difference of 8-7. Bandits didn’t stop there as Courtney Gano hit one to right-center and Aleshia Ocasio brought her home off another base hit. Game is all tied up at 8-8.
Kelly Barnhill appeared in the circle during the top of the 7th inning for her first professional game. Barnhill was later named “Player of the Game” after four strikeouts and no runs allowed.
The game headed into two extra-innings and ended up in an international tie-breaker. During the 10th inning, Sanders and Sandberg got back-to-back walks making it bases loaded. Gano took a pitch to the helmet which brought in Scroggins to take the lead 9-8.
The Bandits ended the game with the first three batters up for the Comets. After 10 innings, the Black and Orange take game 3 of the series against the Comets.
Catch the Bandits and Comets face off in a double-header on Sunday (Jun. 9) at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. First game is set for 3 p.m.
About 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.
photo provided by The Chicago Bandits.