Bandits and ThunderBolts play to tie in annual Battle of the Sexes game

CRESTWOOD, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits and Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts played to an extra-inning, 1-1 tie in the latest installment of their annual “Battle of the Sexes” softball game Monday night at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois.

Nadia Taylor delivered the game’s first run with an run-scoring grounder to the left side of the infield in the second inning.

The Bandits held a 1-0 advantage through the sixth frame behind strong efforts from starter Haylie Wagner and relievers Shelby Turnier and Ally Carda. Wagner surrendered just one hit, an infield single, through two innings. She struck out six before turning the game over to Turnier. The former Central Florida standout continued to mow down ThunderBolts batters and fanned five across two frames. Carda matched Turnier’s effort with five strikeouts in her two innings of work.

However, the ThunderBolts, who brought in a pair of independent men’s fastpitch pitchers to take command of the circle, limited the Bandits’ bats, as well. Carda’s second-inning single, along with singles from rookies Gwen Svekis and DJ Sanders, represented the only hits on the night for Chicago.

Windy City’s Blair Beck tied the game with an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning off Bandits standout rookie Paige Lowary. The southpaw responded, though, by striking out the side in the seventh and collecting a pair more in the eighth and final inning.

The ThunderBolts snapped a four-game losing streak in the annual series as the game concluded in a tie. The Bandits now sport an all-time mark of 8-1-1 against professional baseball teams.

The Bandits will be back in action Thursday when they hit the road to face the league-leading USSSA Pride. First pitch in the series opener is set for 6 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, and the game will be broadcast via NPFTV.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the season, including the 2018 NPF Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th 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 Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex 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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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