MANKATO, Minn. — Coley Ries’ homecoming endured a brief delay after Tuesday’s series opener was postponed because of rain, but the former Minnesota State — Mankato standout delivered a day later to earn the win against the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Wednesday in Mankato, Minnesota.
Ries (4-0) scattered four hits across five innings of work without allowing a run and striking out three. The right-hander, who captured a Division II national championship while with the Mavericks, collected her fourth victory of the season.
Ries’ effort in the circle received a steady stream of offensive support throughout the game as rookie right fielder Aleshia Ocasio and veteran catcher Kristyn Sandberg shined for the Bandits at the plate.
Ocasio belted her first career home run in the fourth on a line drive to right field and later added a two-RBI double to put the game out of reach at 5-0.
Sandberg provided plenty of fireworks at the plate, as well, delivering a pair of doubles. Her first-inning two-bagger to the left-center gap brought home the game’s first run.
Shelby Turnier closed out the win after she tossed the final two innings without allowing a runner to reach base. The third-year right-hander has amassed 16.2 consecutive innings in circle without allowing a run.
Beijing’s Wang Lan suffered the loss and fell to 2-4 on the season. The powerful right-hander allowed two runs on three hits across two innings.
The Bandits marched to 14-0 on the season with the win. Beijing dropped to 11-12.
Game 2 of the series between the Bandits and Eagles is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch Thursday at Caswell Park in Mankato.
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— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Coley Ries (W, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K)
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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