VIERA, Fla. (June 26,2018) — Rachele Fico took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before USSSA Pride second baseman Sierra Romero unloaded a three-run home run to center as the Chicago Bandits lost their second consecutive game by a score of 3-1 Tuesday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.
Fico, who allowed just one hit across six strong innings of work, suffered a difficult loss and fell to 2-1 on the season.
Romero’s three-run blast represented the lone offense of the day for the Pride (15-0), which backed southpaw Keilani Ricketts’ effort in the circle.
Ricketts tossed a complete game and allowed one run on four hits while striking out three. She fanned pinch-hitter Gwen Svekis for the final out of the contest and moved to 2-0 during the 2018 campaign.
The Bandits (18-2) scored the game’s first run via an third-inning RBI groundout from Courtney Gano, who returned to the starting lineup after a brief stint with Team USA in Texas and Japan. The rookie infielder, who spent the 2017 season playing overseas in the Italian Softball League, also reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Veteran catcher Kristyn Sandberg also collected a pair of hits, including a seventh-inning double.
The Bandits and Pride will conclude their three-game set at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Space coast Stadium. The finale will be broadcast via NPFTV.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2018 season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Sierra Romero (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)
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.
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