Chelsea Forkin (Chicago Bandits) Photo by Marina Mantas Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. (August 2, 2017) – A short rain delay seemed to spark the Bandits offense, which poured in seven runs in the sixth inning of a Wednesday afternoon game against the Beijing Shougang Eagles. The Bandits came out on top 9-2 after the offensive onslaught late in the game.
Beijing’s Nancy Bowling kept the Bandits honest during the first few innings, allowing just a pair of walks through two frames. Bowling, who entered the contest with an 8.37 ERA, lasted into the sixth in a bid for her first career win.
Brenna Moss sparked the offense, however, in the third, as the third-year outfielder collected a single through the right side. It marked her 10th consecutive game with a base hit. Moss later came around to score when Emily Carosone reached on an error.
Rookie catcher Sahvanna Jaquish dumped a double into the left-center gap to plate the go-ahead run and the Bandits had no problems keeping their lead from that point.
Holding a one-run advantage, the Bandits broke it open in the sixth when six of the first seven batters hit safely. A two-run single off the bat of rookie shortstop Abby Ramirez provided starting pitcher Haylie Wagner with a comfortable lead as the southpaw delivered a quality start for her team-leading 11th win of the season.
With the win, the Bandits upped their 2017 record against the Eagles to a spotless 9-0, earning a season sweep against Beijing in its inaugural year as a member of the NPF.
Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Haylie Wagner – CHI (W, 11-3, 6.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 12 H, 5 K)
Scrap Yard’s Monica Abbott tossed a no-hitter on Wednesday night in the back half of a doubleheader at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Abbott’s efforts guided the Dawgs to a 5-0 win over the Bandits.
It marked the first no-hitter for the flame-throwing southpaw since Aug. 3, 2015 when she accomplished the feat against the Pennsylvania Rebellion as a member of the Bandits.
Abbott dominated in the circle for Scrap Yard, holding the Bandits off the basepaths let alone for an early walk to Brenna Moss and a hit by pitch to Emily Carosone. She struck out 18 en route to her 16th win of the 2017 campaign.
“I think our effort just has to look a little different,” Bandits head coach Sharonda McDonald said.
Chicago starter Lacey Waldrop battled through the first two innings, allowing a pair of runs (one earned). However, a leadoff home run from former Bandit first baseman Brittany Cervantes in the third extended Scrap Yard’s lead to 3-0.
Second-year right-hander Shelby Turnier managed to keep the Bandits within striking distance, delivering five innings of work out of the bullpen. Turnier surrendered just two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out four.
“It’s just about hitting corners and feeding the defense,” Turnier said. “You’re not going to go out there and strike every person out, so just letting the defense play (is key). They played well behind me.”
The Bandits will be back in action tomorrow night in the series finale against the Scrap Yard Dawgs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CST at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
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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.