Photo credit: Nick Monaghan, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
AVON, Ohio — The Chicago Bandits completed a season sweep of the Cleveland Comets and claimed a 10-1 win in the series finale Sunday at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
Veteran catcher Kristyn Sandberg delivered a go-ahead two-run shot, her career-high 10th of the season, to pace the offense in the victory. Sandberg, whose home run moved her into a tie for second place on the league leaderboard, became the first Bandits player since Taylor Edwards in 2016 to record 30 RBI in a season.
Sandberg’s milestone marked one of two on the day for the Bandits as left fielder Brenna Moss collected hit No. 60 during the 2018 campaign. The fourth-year standout from Fresno State joined Megan Wiggins (2013) and Stacy May-Johnson (2008) as the lone players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
Sandberg and Moss, combined with a plethora of production from the bottom of the order, helped the Bandits produce 10 or more runs in a game for the third time in their past four contests.
Rachele Fico (W, 7-2) earned the victory after the veteran right-hander delivered an impressive performance out of the bullpen. Fico entered in a bases-loaded situation with one out in the third and managed to limit the damage to just a single run. She’d go 2.2 innings in the circle and allowed one hit while striking out two.
Bandits starting pitcher Haylie Wagner did not factor into the decision. The southpaw tossed a pair of scoreless innings and struck out three.
Right-hander Ally Carda also contributed a pair of scoreless frames for the Bandits in a relief effort.
Comets right-hander Gretchen Aucoin suffered the loss and fell to 2-7 in her rookie campaign. The Bandits knocked around the former Tennessee standout for 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits.
The win marked the 12th consecutive victory of the Bandits over the Comets in their inaugural season in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
The Bandits will be back in action Friday when they square off against the league-leading USSSA Pride in a three-game Championship Series preview at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. First pitch in the series opener is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast via NPFTV.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to the upcoming NPF Championship Series between the Bandits and Pride, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Records: Chicago (35-9), Cleveland (10-35)
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Kristyn Sandberg (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)
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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.