Bandits Outlast Wild in 10-inning Marathon on Scroggins’ Walk-Off Single
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Jessie Scroggins was in the middle of everything for the Bandits on Sunday.
Scroggins capped a three-hit night with a walk-off single in the 10th, securing the Bandits’ sixth straight win, this one a 7-6 triumph over the Canadian Wild. Haylie Wagner pitched the final 3.1 innings in relief to earn her fourth win of the season.
The game was an intense back-and-forth affair throughout, with each team putting up a run in the first inning. The Wild (13-10) struck first on Jenn Salling’s RBI single, and the Bandits (12-3) responded immediately when Amanda Chidester singled to center to drive in Brenna Moss.
“It just feels great knowing your teammates have faith in you,” Scroggins said. “Our pitchers do a great job keeping us in the ball game, so our hitters have a better chance of scoring the runs we need to score.”
The Wild retook the lead in the second, but the Bandits came back with four runs in their half. Gwen Svekis and Katie Reed each singled to start the inning, and Scroggins drove them both home with a triple that got past both the right and center fielders. Moss tripled down the right-field line to score Scroggins, followed by Abbey Cheek doubling home with two outs to score Moss giving Chicago a 5-2 lead.
Savannah Heebner held the three-run lead before allowing runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Moss made a diving catch on a sinking line drive, but Victoria Hayward tagged up and scored to make it 5-3. The Wild tied the game later in the inning on a Janet Leung RBI single and a Victoria Rumph RBI double.
The Bandits missed scoring chances in both the fifth and sixth, and it appeared it would cost them when the Wild pulled ahead in the seventh. Wagner relieved Aleshia Ocasio with the bases loaded and two outs, but she allowed an RBI single to Larissa Franklin before retiring Erika Polidori on an infield pop-up.
The Bandits weren’t done yet. They tied the game in the bottom half when Svekis’ ground ball got past the third baseman for an error, allowing Caleigh Clifton to score from second to send the game to extras.
Neither team posed a threat in the eighth or ninth, and Wagner pitched around the runner placed at second — with the international tiebreak rule now in effect — in the top of the 10th without much trouble. She has now pitched 25 innings this season without walking a batter.
The Bandits won it in the bottom half. Emily Crane started the inning at second, and was still there with two outs after a pair of fly balls to left. Scroggins singled through the right side, and Crane scored the winning run when the throw to the plate was off-target.
The series concludes with a doubleheader Monday evening, with the first game starting at 5:05 p.m. CT and the nightcap beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
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