Bandits drop pitching duel to Team USA, 2-0

ROSEMONT, IL – The Chicago Bandits fell short 2-0 against Team USA after 6 scoreless innings on Sunday (Jun. 16) at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. Team USA came out victorious with a 2-1 record in the exhibition series over the Bandits.

After five scoreless innings, Haylie McCleney attempted to bring in the first run for Team USA after sliding into first in hopes to advance Shelby Pendley home. Courtney Gano quickly reversed the ball back to Amanda Chidester to stop the run from crossing the plate.

Rachele Fico pitched 6 scoreless innings for the Bandits allowing only four hits before Janie Reed doubled to left center that allowed Aubree Munro and Delaney Spaulding to pass home plate for the first two runs of the game in the 7th.

The Bandits couldn’t get those runs back which ultimately allowed Team USA to out-hit the Bandits (6-2) for a final decision of 2-0.

Monica Abbott was the starting pitcher for Team USA with 6 strikeouts and gave up the only two hits the Bandits received. Cat Osterman entered the game in the top of the 6th to get the win for the Red, White, and Blue.

The Bandits start their first road series against the Canadian Wild this week (Jun. 19-22) at Rent One Park in Marion, IL.


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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