Bandits dominate in doubleheader to conclude series against Cleveland
ROSEMONT, III. – The Chicago Bandits (5-0) dominate doubleheader games on Sunday (Jun. 9) against the Cleveland Comets. Game 1 concluded with a score of 6-1, while the Bandits also took care of game 2, 10-3.
Bandits 6, Comets 1
Kristyn Sandberg was named “Player of the Game” after drilling a 3-run double to put the Bandits on the board in the top of the third. Sandberg also brought in the Bandits fourth run after a base hit securing the lead at 4-0 in the fifth.
Abbey Cheek managed to steal home after a passed ball advancing the mark to 5-0. The Comets quickly got out of the inning with bases-loaded to stop the runs at five.
Cleveland looked to make a comeback right away as Lillian Piper punctured a base hit up the middle to cut the Bandits lead to 5-1. Haylie Wagner checked in the circle for Ally Carda to end the inning.
Jessie Scroggins started the 6th inning off with a single followed by a triple to left center from Brenna Moss that brought in the Bandits final run of the game.
Bandits 10, Comets 3
The Bandits wasted no time to get runs on the board in the first. With runners on first and third, Amanda Chidester drove one to right when Carly Thomas made a diving catch which allowed Moss to tag up at home. Sandberg hit in Hannah Flippen getting an early 2-0 advantage.
Bottom of the second, Chelsea Gonzales scored on a fielder’s choice that brought the game to a one-run difference.
Sandberg led the fourth inning off with her first solo home run of the season where she was again named “Player of the Game” after going 4-for-4 in game 2.
Top of the fifth, Moss landed a base hit followed by a two-run homer by Flippen to grow the Bandits lead to 5-1. Katie Reed pierced her first NPF hit down to right-center that got in Sandberg for another run.
Bases loaded, Sandberg marked her fourth RBI of the game bringing in Scroggins and Moss for 8-1 in the 6th. Reed lined one out to center with a sacrifice fly for Chidester to cross the plate.
Bandits tried closing out the sixth with an 8 run lead but committed 3 straight errors allowing two runs to score with two outs. Paige Lowary was able to get the final strikeout to end the inning.
In the top of the 7th, Aleshia Ocasio laid a bunt down where she was called safe at first, bringing Moss home for the Bandits last run of the game.
The Bandits concluded their series against the Cleveland Comets with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Black and Orange will return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex on Wednesday (Jun. 12) for a chance to beat rivals USSSA Pride.
— Attendance: 616
—Player of the Game, Game 1 and 2: Kristyn Sandberg (1-for-3, 3-run double) (4-for-4, HR) (7 RBI’s total)
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.