Lacey Waldrop(Chicago Bandits) courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (June 15, 2017) – “It’s not us no more, it’s just you and me.”
The lyrics to “You & Me” by Marc E. Bassy, the song that Sahvanna Jaquish walks up to, helped describe Thursday night’s game day atmosphere as three Bandits found themselves going up against former teammates on the Texas Charge.
One of the friendly faces on the Charge, Bailey Landry, was just playing alongside Jaquish on June 5 for their Women’s College World Series elimination game against Oregon.
“Sahvanna is a great hitter and a great athlete,” Landry said. “I miss her being my teammate, but I knew that coming out here that it would be fun to watch her compete at this level.”
With summer camp starting up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seemingly audible cheers could be heard from the LSU Tigers’ fan base as Jaquish joined Emily Carosone with two-out first inning single. She later came around to score a crucial early run when Megan Blank tagged Texas starter Lauren Haeger (L, 0-2) for a two-RBI single.
Kristen Brown led off the second with a monstrous home run over the party deck in left field, her second hit and long ball of the season.
“Anyone that’s up there is going to get the job done,” Brown said. “We all look to each other to pick each other up when we’re down and whoever’s up at the plate, whoever’s out on defense, they’re going to do the best they can for the team.
Landry attempted to out-do her former LSU teammate later in the game, smacking a triple to the right-center field gap. As she raced to third, Texas’ Renada Davis scored the first run of the game for the Charge against Bandits’ starter Lacey Waldrop.
Waldrop (W, 1-0) earned the win in her second start of the season after receiving a no-decision on the road in her 2017 debut against the USSSA Pride. Against the Charge, she was in control, spinning a complete game while surrendering just two runs.
“(Waldrop) looked great in Florida and I thought her stuff was pretty good,” Chicago head coach Sharonda McDonald said. “We had all the confidence in the world in her. It’s hard in this league to throw a complete game and to go through a lineup three times.”
Thursday night’s win also marked the first for McDonald as the head coach of the Bandits after she joined the team in Tallahassee, Florida over the past weekend. She noted that scoring early on in the game allowed for Waldrop to settle into a groove in the circle.
“You want to score early, and you want to take a little pressure off your pitcher so they can go out there and feel a little bit looser off the mound and she looked great,” McDonald said.
The Bandits improve to 7-4 on the season, including a 7-1 mark at home. Game two against the Charge is set for Friday night at 7:35 p.m. CST at The Ballpark at Rosemont and will be broadcast on NPF TV.
For more information about the Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2017 regular season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Time of Game: One hour, 52 minutes
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the game: Lacey Waldrop (CG, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 3 BB)
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th 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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
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 Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 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.