ROSEMONT (July 21, 2018)— The Bandits celebrated “Christmas in July” in the only way possible Friday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. They gave the Cleveland Comets coal for Christmas en route to a rain-shortened 10-0 win.
Right-hander Shelby Turnier turned in a dominant outing to earn her fifth victory of the season. The third-year standout cruised through four innings of work and surrendered just one hit while striking out seven.
The Bandits jumped on the board early and after behind timely hitting and a early defensive miscue by Cleveland right-hander Devin Brown. The rookie airmailed a throw home to allow a pair of Bandits baserunners to cross the plate in the opening frame. Productive at-bats from veteran designated player Stacy May-Johnson and rookie third baseman Courtney Gano extended the lead to 4-0.
RBI base knocks from shortstop Delaney Spaulding and second baseman Emily Carosone brought home three more runs. May-Johnson later delivered a double off the right-field wall to make it an 9-0 ballgame.
After a brief rain delay, Brenna Moss tacked on a run-scoring single to put the Bandits in double figures. It marked their eighth time scoring 10 or more runs in a game during the 2018 season.
Ally Carda sealed the win after the second-year right-hander tossed a scoreless fifth frame.
Brown suffered the loss for the Comets and fell to 3-12 on the season.
The Bandits will be back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday as they begin a three-game series against the league-leading USSSA Pride at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.
— Records: Comets (10-26), Bandits (28-7)
— Attendance: 1,254
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Shelby Turnier (W, 4.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 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