Emily Crane (Chicago Bandits) Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 30, 2017) – In front of a season-high crowd of 1,324, the Bandits stormed past the Canadian Women’s National Team 9-3 in an exhibition game on Friday night at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
Breanna Wonderly, who worked five strong innings in the circle, earned the first win of her Bandits career. The right-hander from Illinois began the game on a strong note, allowing just one run through the first three frames.
“I was kind of nervous starting it, but once I started going, everything just clicked for me,” Wonderly said. “It was nice to get the first win under my belt to show the team that I can hang with them.”
Wonderly received plenty of support from her teammates as the Bandits bats were cracking from the opening inning. Emily Carosone, Emily Crane and Chelsea Forkin each recorded RBI-base hits in the first to build an immediate 4-0 lead.
Crane, the Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game, added to her impressive stat line later in the game, launching a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center in the sixth inning to put the Bandits ahead comfortably, 9-3.
Crane went 3-for-4 in the game with the home run, double and four RBI.
“Before tonight’s game I had kind of a different mindset,” Crane said. “Things weren’t really going my way, so I just told myself to relax and play the game.”
The Bandits will be back in action tomorrow night for a doubleheader against the Canadian Women’s National Team at The Ballpark in Rosemont. The initial game is scheduled for a 5:35 p.m. CST first pitch with the back end of the doubleheader beginning approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
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Time of game: 2 hours, 7 minutes
Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Emily Crane (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 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.