Breanna Wonderly (Chicago Bandits) Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
CRESTWOOD, Ill. (July 31, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits claimed their fourth consecutive win in the annual “Battle of the Sexes” game against the Windy City ThunderBolts, topping the Frontier League franchise by a 4-2 score at Standard Bank Stadium.
The Bandits now sport an 8-1 all-time mark against professional baseball teams.
Breanna Wonderly earned the start in the circle and dialed up three scoreless frames, striking out a trio of ThunderBolts batters. She was opposed by Windy City’s Fabio Silvestre, an Argentine national who previously pitched for the DeKalb Hustledogs, a men’s fastpitch softball team.
“It’s kind of just nice to relax and play this game before the rest of the season,” Wonderly said. “It’s a nice way to loosen up.”
Brenna Moss and Sammy Marshall did not give Silvestre a warm welcome in the circle, however, as the pair notched bunt singles leading off the game and both came around to score.
The Bandits added a third run, which ultimately proved to be the winning tally, in the third when Chelsea Forkin delivered a sacrifice fly to right. Windy City failed to get on the board until the fifth, when Chicago’s lead was cut to 3-2.
Sierra Hyland earned the win in a relief effort for the Bandits, tossing three innings. The rookie right-hander from Cal Poly struck out five.
After back-to-back extra-base hits from Alexa Peterson and Forkin provided the Bandits with 4-2 advantage and an insurance run, Ellen Sara Roberts closed it out to collect the save.
A postgame fireworks celebration was offered to the crowd of 1,789, many of who donned black and orange Bandits gear after the team hosted a two-hour softball clinic prior to the game at Standard Bank Stadium.
The Bandits (19-18) will be back in action tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. CT as they host the Beijing Shougang Eagles (2-35) at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
Chicago is currently slotted in the third seed in the NPF Championship Series playoff picture, one game in front of the Texas Charge and two full games ahead of the Akron Racers.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the 2017 regular season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
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.