Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT — Lauren Chamberlain delivered a three-run homer in the opening frame, and the USSSA Pride claimed a series victory with a 10-4 win over the Chicago Bandits on Sunday afternoon at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
Chamberlain’s first-inning shot, her second of the season and first since May 30, provided an early blow to Bandits rookie southpaw Paige Lowary. The former Oklahoma standout surrendered five runs (three earned) across 1.1 innings of work in her first season at the professional level. Lowary (L, 2-2) had previously made five appearances in a relief.
The three early runs, combined with a three-run second inning, provided plenty of backing for Pride starter Jailyn Ford, who allowed three runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings before handing the ball to Kelsey Nunley.
Nunley (W, 5-0) earned the win after finishing the final 3.1 innings in the circle. The fourth-year right-hander allowed just one run, a solo shot off the bat of Bandits shortstop Delaney Spaulding, and struck out three.
Bandits second baseman Emily Carosone also uncorked her league-leading eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot, back in the fourth to pull Chicago within three at the time.
A combined relief effort between right-hander Lacey Waldrop (2.0 innings) and Danielle O’Toole (3.2 innings) help keep the Bandits within striking distance following a treacherous first start for Lowary. However, a stretch of defensive miscues allowed four unearned runs to cross the plate across the final three frames.
Former Bandits catcher Sahvanna Jaquish delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
The Bandits will be back in action against the Aussie Spirit at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The game, which will mark the opener of a three-game series, will be broadcast via NPFTV.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the 2018 season, please visitchicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Records: Chicago (18-5), USSSA (18-1)
— Attendance: 675
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Lauren Chamberlain (1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI)
— The Bandits auctioned off game-worn pink jerseys during Sunday’s contests. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit A Silver Lining Foundation.
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.