Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Chicago Bandits 2017 season came to a close on Friday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a 3-1 defeat to the USSSA Pride.
The loss for the back-to-back Cowles Cup title holders ended their quest to become the NPF’s first three-peat champion.
Rookie southpaw Danielle O’Toole earned the start in the circle after re-joining her professional club following a gold medal finish with Team USA at the Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic.
The former Arizona standout worked into the fifth before the Pride placed runners on the corners with nobody out in the frame. Second-year right-hander Shelby Turnier entered for O’Toole and limited the damage to just a single run via a sacrifice fly from Megan Wiggins. Brenna Moss’ highlight reel diving snag in left prevented USSSA’s lead from growing further.
The Bandits continued to gather momentum in the top half of the sixth when Sammy Marshall and Moss ripped back-to-back extra-base hits to tie the game. However, three consecutive outs with Moss standing on third negated Chicago’s opportunity to take its first lead of the game.
After a tight call on a potential inning-ending pitch to the Pride’s Lauren Chamberlain, the righty slugger stroked a go-ahead RBI-triple over the head of Chicago’s Emily Crane in right field to restore USSSA’s one-run advantage. Hallie Wilson then beat out an infield single to bring home an insurance run for the Pride and the score held as the Bandits could not muster a second comeback.
USSSA will be meet the Scrap Yard Dawgs for a best two-of-three matchup to determine the 2017 Cowles Cup champion.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to showcase your interest in purchasing season tickets for the 2018 campaign, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Time of game: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Vaultz® Lock it Up!® Player of the Game: Lauren Chamberlain (USSSA) – 1-for-3, 3B, GW-RBI
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th 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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.