Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT — Jessie Scroggins delivered a two-RBI single in the sixth inning and the Bandits claimed a 4-3 victory in a back-and-forth battle against the league-leading USSSA Pride on Saturday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
The former Baylor standout, whom the Bandits selected 15th overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, barreled up a two-strike deliver from Pride southpaw Paige Parker and sent it up the middle to put the Bandits ahead late in the ballgame. The rookie right fielder accounted for two of the Bandits’ five hits on the night.
Parker suffered the loss and fell to 2-2 overall.
The Bandits mustered a pair of comebacks in the game — one thanks to Scroggins’ late-game heroics and the other via a solo shot from rookie first baseman Courtney Gano to lead off the fourth.
First-year shortstop DJ Sanders also launched a solo shot, her sixth of the season. The second-inning blast marked her fifth home run in the past seven games (all wins).
Bandits right-hander Ally Carda collected her fifth win of the campaign after she tossed two innings in relief. She surrendered one run and struck out one.
Veteran right-hander Lacey Waldrop picked up her career-high third save and recorded the final out of the game with the potential tying run aboard.
The Bandits and Pride will conclude their three-game series to finish the 2018 regular season before the two teams meet again for a best-of-five Championship Series from Aug. 16-20 at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
First pitch in the series finale is set for 6:05 p.m. Sunday and the game will be broadcast via Eleven Sports.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to the upcoming NPF Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Records: USSSA (41-5), Chicago (37-9)
Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Jessie Scroggins (2-for-3, 2B, 2 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.