Bandits clobber Spirit, match best start in franchise history

WICHITA, Kan. — Sammy Marshall, Kristyn Sandberg, Jessie Scroggins and Emily Carosone all homered and the Chicago Bandits cruised to a 12-0 victory over the Aussie Spirit on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas.

The win marked the Bandits’ sixth consecutive to begin the 2018 season, matching the best start in franchise history (6-0, 2006).

Marshall, a fourth-year outfielder who belted her first career home run in 2017, launched her first of the 2018 season to lead off the game.

Sandberg’s third of the season, a solo shot in the second, extended the Bandits’ early lead to 2-0. Scroggins’ two-run home run, the first of her career, furthered the lead to 4-0, and Carosone’s two-run blast put it out of reach at 6-0 in the third.

Carosone’s home run marked her third over the past two games. The three homers are a new single-season high for the third-year pro from Auburn.

The powerful bats backed a strong start from right-hander Ally Carda. The second-year standout collected her second win of the 2018 campaign after scattering three hits over five shutout innings while striking out eight.

Spirit right-hander Monica Perry (2-6) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs over two innings of work.

After using the long ball to build the early advantage, the Bandits continued an aggressive approach at the plate. Abby Ramirez (2-for-2, RBI) and Delaney Spaulding (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) each added run-scoring hits. Ten different players hit safely in the game.

Coley Ries and Haylie Wagner each delivered one-inning relief efforts to close out the win.

The Bandits and Spirit will continue to familiarize themselves with Game 3 of a nine-game stretch Friday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. from Wilkins Softball Complex in Wichita, Kansas, and the game will be broadcast via NPFTV.

EXTRA INNINGS

— Attendance: 505

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Sammy Marshall (4-for-5, HR, 3 R)

— The Bandits are 6-0 to begin a season for the first time since 2006 and are one win away from setting a new franchise record for best start to a campaign.

— The Bandits hit four home runs in a game for the first time since May 30, 2014, when they launched five in a 12-8 win over the Akron Racers.

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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