Marion, IL (June 20, 2019) –The Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois split a doubleheader with the Chicago Bandits on Thursday night at Rent One Park, falling 8-0 in game one before taking game two 8-2 on an offensive explosion.
Game one was all Bandits, who got the scoring started early, putting two on the board in the second inning thanks to a two-run homer from Emily Crane, who was the Park Planet Player of the Game for game one. From there they kept their foot on the gas, putting up four runs in the third, and another two in the fifth. With the Wild failing to score in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called on the run rule.
The Bandits took an early lead again in the second game, on a solo home run from Abbey Cheek in the second. The Wild offence came alive the bottom of the inning, with four runs in their half of the second. Wideman came to the plate with runners on second and third, and singled home the first Wild run of the night. Victoria Hayward followed up two batters later with a run scoring single of her own. Kelsey Jenkins closed out the scoring in the inning with a first pitch two-run ground rule double to put the Wild up 4-1. That hit would stand up as the game winner.
The Bandits would cut in to the lead in the fourth when Amanda Chidester led off the inning with a home run. That is the closest Chicago would come to evening up as the Wild offence exploded again in the fifth for another four runs to put the game away. The fifth run of the night came off the bat of Larissa Franklin who singled home Erika Polidori to make it 5-2. Shianne Brannan finished off the scoring for the night, blasting a three run home run over the left field fence to put the game away.
Brannan’s homer earned her Park Planet Player of the Game honors for game two.
From there, the pitching took over for the Wild, retiring five of the last eight batters in order. The Bandits got runners on in the seventh with two outs thanks to a walk and a single, but Caleigh Clifton struck out to end the threat and the game.
It’s another doubleheader tomorrow between the Wild and the Bandits as they play games three and four of their five game series. Game one goes at 5:05pm CT, with game two following shortly after the conclusion of the first game of the night.
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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.