ROSEMONT (July 11, 2018)— Rachele Fico tossed a complete game shutout and struck out seven as the Chicago Bandits earned their fourth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
Fico (W, 4-2), a veteran right-hander and former Akron Racers standout, scattered six hits and did not walk a batter in an impressive performance. It marked just the second complete game of the 2018 season for the Bandits, both of which are credited to Fico.
Her effort in the circle was matched by an offense jumpstarted through rookie right fielder Jessie Scroggins. The former Baylor standout recorded a three-hit day at the plate and added an RBI and run. Her bunt single in the fifth, combined with an overthrow at third, allowed Abby Ramirez to cross the plate with the game’s first run.
The Bandits put a second run on the board via an RBI single off the bat of Brenna Moss later in the frame and made it 3-0 when Scroggins delivered a run-scoring base hit in the sixth.
Rookie right-hander Allie Walljasper (L, 3-5) suffered the loss after the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NPF Draft allowed a pair of runs across 4.1 innings of work. Veteran southpaw and former Bandits pitcher Angel Bunner tossed the final 1.2 innings for the Eagles.
The Bandits and Eagles will conclude their six-game series with a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch in Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. and both games will be broadcast via ESPN+.
— Attendance: 790
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Rachele Fico (W, CG, 0 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K)
— Records: Eagles (11-26), Bandits (24-7)
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.
Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch