Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT — Stacey Porter delivered a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning to help break open a one-run ballgame, and the Aussie Spirit earned their historic first victory over the Chicago Bandits on Friday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex by a score of 4-1.
Porter, who suited up for the Pennsylvania Rebellion during the 2016 season, continued to have her way at the plate in her second professional season. Five of her 12 hits, including Friday’s triple, have gone for extra bases.
The three-RBI knock came against Bandits veteran right-hander Lacey Waldrop, who entered in relief of Ally Carda. The former Florida State standout was charged with two of the runs and did not factor into the decision.
Carda was saddled with the loss, her second of the season, after the second-year right-hander tossed 4.1 innings. She allowed three hits and allowed two runs while striking out three.
The Spirit failed to place a blemish on Carda’s line until Melinda Weaver uncorked a one-out single in the fifth as part of the four-run frame. However, the late damage proved to be plenty behind a combined effort from Ellen Roberts and Jordan Taylor.
Roberts, who launched her professional career with the Bandits during the 2017 campaign, collected the win after the right-hander scattered four hits and did not allow a run across four innings of work. Taylor, an NPF veteran, sealed the win by delivering three innings of one-run ball while striking out four to pick up her first save of the season.
The lone Bandits (19-6) run came during the sixth via an RBI groundout off the bat of Emily Carosone.
The Bandits (19-6) and Spirit (12-25) will conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. Both games 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 visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Stacey Porter (1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI)
— The Bandits suffered just their third loss when leading or tied after four innings of play. They are now 19-2 given the situation.
— The Bandits auctioned off game-worn USA-themed jerseys during Friday’s contest. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Salute, Inc.
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.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.