Bandits close regular season against Pride in Championship Series preview
ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits will play host to the league-leading USSSA Pride in a three-game Championship Series preview, beginning Friday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
The two clubs, who will meet against to decide the 2018 Cowles Cup champion from Aug. 16-20, have battled to the top two spots in the league standings. USSSA sports a 41-3 record entering the final series of the regular season. The Pride’s 9-1 victory over the Cleveland Comets on Wednesday clinched a historic season for USSSA, whose .932 winning percentage ranks as the top mark all-time in the history of National Pro Fastpitch. The 2005 Bandits held the previous record at .854 (41-7).
Meanwhile, the Bandits continued their late-season surge with a six-game sweep of the Comets on the road. Kristyn Sandberg paced the offensive attack as the veteran catcher posted a .500 average at the plate with three home runs and seven RBI. Rookie shortstop DJ Sanders also delivered an impressive stretch of play. The former Oregon standout clubbed home runs in four consecutive games. Sanders fell just one game short of tying former Bandits shortstop Jaime Clark’s record of five straight games with a long ball.
The Bandits hold a 2-7 head-to-head record against the Pride during the 2018 season. However, the Bandits claimed a 5-3 victory at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in their last encounter. Shelby Turnier tossed three scoreless frames in the win and Courtney Gano recorded a two-hit night at the plate, including two-run homer in the opening frame.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to the upcoming NPF Championship Series between the Bandits and Pride, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
7:35 p.m. — Friday, Aug. 10 — Parkway Bank Sports Complex, Rosemont, Illinois
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7:35 p.m. — Saturday, Aug. 11 — Parkway Bank Sports Complex, Rosemont, Illinois
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6:05 p.m. — Sunday, Aug. 12 — Parkway Bank Sports Complex, Rosemont, Illinois
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- Bandits left fielder Brenna Moss entered historic territory while the Bandits completed a season sweep of the Comets in Ohio. The fourth-year pro recorded her 60th hit of the 2018 campaign and became just the third player in franchise history to amass the 60-hit plateau. Current Pride outfielder Megan Wiggins (2013) and Bandits veteran third baseman Stacy May-Johnson (2008) join her in the exclusive club. Moss sits just five base knocks shy of the NPF’s single-season record, which is owned by Kristen Zaleski.
- If the Bandits can hold the Pride scoreless in one of their final three games of the regular season, they’ll secure shutout No. 15. Only three other times in franchise history have the Bandits recorded 15 shutouts in a single season, including a staggering 23 in their inaugural campaign in 2005.
- Bandits second baseman Emily Carosone and Pride designated player Lauren Chamberlain continue to battle for supremacy atop the NPF’s home run leaderboard. Chamberlain, whose late-season surge propelled her to the top spot with 12 home runs, has launched five homers in her past nine games. Carosone sits second with her career-high 11 home runs.
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.