Bandits set franchise-best start in win over Spirit

WICHITA, Kan. — A cohesive offensive attack powered the Bandits to their seventh straight victory to begin the 2018 campaign, setting a new franchise record for best start to a season.

Delaney Spaulding delivered her first career home run, Nadia Taylor and Abby Ramirez added run-scoring singles, and the Bandits defeated the Aussie Spirit by a 5-1 final Friday in Wichita, Kansas.

Spaulding’s blast, a fifth-inning solo shot, marked the first of her professional career in her third game. The Team USA standout provided an important insurance run with the Bandits clinging to a 3-1 lead.

Fourth-year left fielder Brenna Moss also supplied an impressive offensive output with a pair of extra-base hits and two runs to earn Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game honors.

Coley Ries earned her second victory of the season in as many starts for the Bandits. The second-year right-hander tossed four innings, allowing just one run, before giving way to Shelby Turnier in relief.

Turnier continued to mow down opposing batters, delivering three shutout frames to collect her first save. The right-hander, who made 17 relief appearances during the 2017 campaign, has appeared out of the bullpen in all five appearances this season without allowing a run.

The lone Spirit run came via a solo shot off the bat of Stacey Webber in the second inning.

Nine different Bandits recorded hits in the game.

The Bandits (7-0) and Spirit (6-15) will continue their nine-game stretch with a 7 p.m. battle Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, Kansas. The game will be broadcast via NPFTV.


— Attendance: 485

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Brenna Moss (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R)

— The Bandits have outscored their opponents by a combined 62-11 margin over the first seven games of the 2018 season.


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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