ROSEMONT (July 8, 2018)— Coley Ries continued her stellar stretch of play against the Beijing Shougang Eagles, and the Chicago Bandits claimed the series opener 1-0 over their international opponents Sunday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
Ries (W, 5-0) delivered a strong start in the circle and tossed five shutout frames in the victory. The second-year standout from Minnesota State — Mankato surrendered just one hit, a single, and did not walk a batter to earn her fifth win of the season.
Right-hander Shelby Turnier matched Ries’ effort and sealed the win in relief. The veteran right-hander collected her second save of the campaign and lowered her season ERA to a miniscule 0.21.
The lone run of the ballgame came via a two-out, RBI single off the bat of Bandits first baseman Megan Blank in the second inning, scoring Emily Carosone.
Beijing southpaw Angel Bunner (L, 4-8), who helped capture a Cowles Cup championship with the Bandits in 2016, suffered a difficult loss. Bunner allowed just the one run on two hits across four innings of work and struck out three.
The Bandits finished off the series-opening victory in a mere 1 hour, 19 minutes, marking the shortest contest of the 2018 season to date.
Chicago (21-7) and Beijing (11-23) will continued their six-game stretch with a 7:05 p.m. matchup Monday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The game 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.
— Attendance: 912
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Coley Ries (W, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB 1 K)
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: Nick Monaghan, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch