Bandits Complete Series Sweep of Eagles
Rosemont, Ill. – The Bandits defeated the Beijing Eagles 4-0 in the fifth and final game of the series on Tuesday afternoon.
After a tremendous doubleheader Monday in which she hit two home runs, Amanda Chidester was back at it for the Bandits on Tuesday, slugging two more home runs. Chidester finished 2-3 with 3 RBIs on the day and earned Rip-It Player of the Game honors.
Danielle O’Toole did not disappoint in her second start of the series, allowing no runs and three hits in six innings of work. With this performance, O’Toole combined to strike out ten and allow four hits over her thirteen shutout innings in the series.
The Bandits opened the scoring early after an RBI single by Emily Crane plated Hannah Flippen in the top of the second inning. With two runners on and two outs, the Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning, but a groundout to third baseman Abbey Cheek ended the scoring threat. The score remained 1-0 until Chidester led off the top of the fifth inning with her tenth home run of the season.
Down 2-0, the Eagles put together a nice scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning after back-to-back singles by Chen Jia and Liu Li Li. O’Toole remained calm under pressure however, and retired the next three batters to end the inning without a run.
After Bandits’ second baseman Abby Ramirez hit a single with one out in the seventh inning, Chidester hit her NPF-leading 11th home run on the season, making the score 4-0.
Kelly Barnhill shut the door on the Eagles in relief of O’Toole, striking out one and allowing one hit in her inning of work.
Over the five games series, the Bandits managed to outscore the Eagles 22-1. With the victories, the Bandits improve to 29-7, while the Eagles fell to 7-32.
The Bandits will begin a three-game series against the USSSA Pride in Viera, Florida on Thursday, August 1 at 6:00 PM CST at Space Coast Complex.
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.