Sahvanna Jaquish (Chicago Bandits) Photo by: Marina Mantas courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 18, 2017) – The Bandits came out on top of both contests in a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday against the Beijing Shougang Eagles, outscoring their opponent by a combined total of 16-1.
Sammy Marshall’s father, David Marshall, was among a handful of dads in attendance at The Ballpark at Rosemont. He tossed a ceremonial first pitch during the day game to his daughter behind the plate.
“The Bandits do a great job of trying to incorporate family values and the people that are close to you,” Sammy Marshall said. “ (With) him throwing out the first pitch, it’s a special moment for both of us.”
With the festivities out of the way, the Bandits managed to get back into their mentality of “staying relaxed and having fun,” as pitcher Haylie Wagner described.
Led by an airtight defensive effort led by Marshall’s highlight reel diving catch in center field, combined with a shutout effort, the Bandits controlled game one from the first pitch. Lacey Waldrop did not allow a run in four innings of work while recording five strikeouts and Breanna Wonderly pitched effectively in a relief effort, tossing three scoreless frames with three strikeouts.
A 10-hit attack also helped, as the Bandits put runs on the board in four of the first five innings, including a four-spot in the third. Megan Blank’s two-hit day with three RBI and three runs scored paced the team.
“When we had runners in scoring position, we scored them almost every time,” Blank said. “Taking advantage of mistakes, I think, was our biggest thing today.”
Seven Chicago players recorded hits in the contest, including all three in the top third of the lineup – Emily Carosone, Marshall and rookie Sahvanna Jaquish.
The Bandits opened up scoring in the second inning when Stacey McManus delivered a sacrifice fly to score Blank.
Backed by her offense, Waldrop earned her second win of the season in three tries and has recorded quality starts in all three outings since joining the team in Tallahassee, Florida after capturing a national championship as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma. Wonderly was credited with her first save as a professional, while Beijing’s Wang Lan suffered the loss, falling to 0-4 on the year.
Time of game: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Vaultz® Lock it Up!® Player of the Game: Megan Blank: (2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI)
ROSEMONT, Ill.( June 18, 2017) – The nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader was nearly a mirror image of the opener, as the Bandits drubbed the Beijing Shougang Eagles by an 8-1 final.
Again as the “road team,” despite the game being played in Rosemont, the Bandits jumped on the board early when Sahvanna Jaquish shot an RBI-single up the middle to plate Emily Carosone.
Beijing responded with an unearned run of its own in the bottom half against Chicago starter Ellen Sara Roberts. However, that would be the lone blemish on Roberts’ pitching line for the game. The Australian right-hander tossed four innings in the circle, allowing just three hits and the single unearned run to earn her first win of her NPF career.
Jaquish, the Vaultz® Lock it Up!® Player of the Game, put the Bandits back on the attack, going a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI. The rookie from LSU continued to impressive in the early going of her first season, falling just a home run short of the cycle.
“Yeah, definitely,” Jaquish said of her continued confidence boost at the NPF level. “That first game I was a little overwhelmed, but I’m really getting settled in. I love the girls and I love this team.”
Jaquish’s success at the plate carried over to her teammates, as Emily Crane and Alexa Peterson each launched their first home runs of the season and Emily Carosone collected a trio of hits.
“We did all the little things right,” Marshall said. “We hit well, we played defense and we pitched well. When those three things are done better than the other team, those generate wins.”
Rookie Sierra Hyland and second-year right-hander Shelby Turnier pitched in relief during the night game, each holding Beijing off the scoreboard to preserve the one-run effort.
With the pair of wins, the Bandits improve to 9-5 on the season, including a stellar 9-2 mark at home. They’ll hit the road for the next set of games, however, and will not return to Rosemont until the end of June. First up on the road trip is a three-game set against the Scrap Yard Dawgs. All games will be broadcast on NPF TV. First pitch in the series opener on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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Time of game: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Vaultz® Lock it Up!® Player of the Game: Sahvanna Jaquish: (3-for-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI)
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.