Bandits dominant in doubleheader, improve to 10-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Chicago Bandits continued to pummel opposing pitchers during their road trip across Kansas, delivering 21 runs on 29 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Aussie Spirit on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Bandits (10-0) uncorked seven home runs across the pair of games, including two from Emily Carosone, to power past the Spirit and keep their franchise-best winning streak to begin the season alive.
Game 1 concluded with a score of 11-3, while the Bandits also took care of business in the nightcap, 10-0.
Sashel Palacios smacked her first career home run in the opener with a towering shot to center. The Arizona State product, who has hit safely in three of her four games since joining the team, earned Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game honors for her offensive display. She finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of extra-base hits in the win.
Palacios’ long ball was aided by home runs from Nadia Taylor, Sammy Marshall and Stacy May-Johnson, whose seventh-inning blast marked her first since the 2011 season.
The offensive outburst continued into the second game as Carosone’s pair of home runs, plus another from first-year outfielder Jessie Scroggins, provided plenty of support for starter Ally Carda.
Carda (3-0) tossed five shutout frames, striking out four while allowing just two hits to collect her third win of the season and earn Player of the Game honors.
Coley Ries (3-0) picked up the win in the first game of the day after a strong relief effort. The right-hander entered facing a 2-1 deficit and worked through the sixth. She surrendered just one run and struck out five.
The Bandits concluded their road trip against the Spirit with a perfect 6-0 mark. The two sides will continue their season series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
— Attendances: 102, 107
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game, Game 1: Sashel Palacios (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI)
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game, Game 2: Ally Carda (W, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K)
— Four of Carosone’s career-high five home runs during the 2018 season have been opposite-field blasts.
— The Bandits have outscored opponents 90-18 during their 10-game winning streak.
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.