Bandits face stiff competition in upcoming series against Pride

ROSEMONT — The league-leading Chicago Bandits continue their eight-game road trip with their toughest test of the 2018 season to date against the USSSA Pride (13-0). First pitch in the series opener is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

The Bandits (18-0) continued to cruise through opposition and outscored the Beijing Shougang Eagles by a 24-4 margin across a recent five-game sweep in Mankato, Minnesota.

Nadia Taylor paced the offensive attack with an impressive display of power throughout the five-game set, belting her second, third and fourth home runs of the season. The fifth-year infielder from Texas contributed four RBI and scored four runs.

Aleshia Ocasio, meanwhile, shined on both sides of the plate as the rookie right-hander from Florida collected her second win and first save during the series against Beijing while striking out six batters in four innings of work. Ocasio, a product of St. Cloud, Florida, also launched her first professional home run and added three RBI and four runs scored.

The Bandits stumbled to a 2-8 mark against the Pride during the 2017 campaign but managed to capture a pair of victories July 22-23 to help clinch a spot in the Championship Series. The upcoming three-game road series against the Pride will mark the first encounter between the two teams in 2018.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2018 season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

SERIES SCHEDULE

6 p.m. — Monday, June 25 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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6 p.m. — Tuesday, June 26 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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6 p.m. — Wednesday, June 27 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR

— Bandits outfielders Sammy Marshall and Brenna Moss have set the tone at the top of the order to help jumpstart a powerful offensive attack, which leads the NPF in a plethora of offensive categories, including batting average (.370), runs (132), hits (202), home runs (30), walks (52) and stolen bases (31). Marshall, batting .480, and Moss, batting .479, sit in the top two spots among league leaders.

— Former Bandits catcher Sahvanna Jaquish, whom the team drafted third overall in the 2017 NPF Draft before an offseason trade sent her to USSSA, is expected to make her first appearance against her old club. The second-year pro is in the midst of a strong start to the 2018 season, batting .355 with one home run and five RBI across nine starts.

— Three Pride pitchers have recorded sub-1.00 ERAs through the team’s first 13 games of the season. Fourth-year right-hander Jolene Henderson has led the charge with a 3-0 mark in the circle. She combined the unscathed record with a spotless 0.00 ERA, as well, through 25 innings of work.

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.

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