Bandits blank Beijing, win second straight

ROSEMONT — Haylie Wagner cruised to her third victory of the season as the Chicago Bandits rolled to an 8-0 win over the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Monday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

Wagner collected her third win of the 2018 campaign after she breezed through the first five frames on just 46 pitches. The southpaw surrendered one hit and faced the minimum thanks to a smooth 4-3 double play turned by former Michigan teammate Abby Ramirez.

The two former Wolverines served the maize-and-blue well as the Bandits celebrated College Spirit Night at the ballpark. Players wore collegiate gear during warmups to celebrate the promotion.

Wagner’s effort in the circle was matched by a strong showcase at the plate. The Bandits recorded a 12-hit attack from eight different players. Veteran outfielder Sammy Marshall paced the offense with a trio of base knocks.

Nadia Taylor delivered a two-out, two-run single to center in the opening frame to put the Bandits ahead early and the bats did not slow down in the slightest. The Bandits scored runs in five of their six innings at the plate, including additional RBI from Brenna Moss (1-for-2, 2 RBI), Megan Blank (1-for-1, 3B, RBI), DJ Sanders (2-for-4, RBI) and Emily Crane (2-for-3, 2 RBI).

Beijing right-hander Allie Walljasper suffered the loss after she allowed three runs (all earned) in three innings of work. The former LSU standout and No. 2 pick in the 2018 NPF Draft was saddled with her fourth loss.

Fellow rookie right-hander Aleshia Ocasio sealed the win in relief for the Bandits. She did not allow a run and scattered a pair of hits in two innings.

The Bandits (22-7) and Eagles (11-24) will continue their six-game set at with an 11 a.m. first pitch Tuesday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The game will be broadcast via Eleven Sports.

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

EXTRA INNINGS

— Attendance: 1,083

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Haylie Wagner (W, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K)

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 has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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