Bandits Soar Past Eagles, Win 3-0
Rosemont. Ill – Haylie Wagner and Kelly Barnhill combined to throw the second shutout of the series for the Bandits as they defeated the Beijing Eagles, 3-0.
Wagner allowed three hits and walked three batters in six innings, but she managed to escape any trouble she faced without allowing a run.
Wagner was relieved by Kelly Barnhill in the seventh inning, who allowed only one hit while striking out two en route to the first save of her young career.
Unlike the first game of the series, the Bandits managed to score early on Sunday night. In the first inning, back-to-back singles by Alyssa DiCarlo and Gwen Svekis, as well as a Hannah Flippen’s hit by pitch, set the stage for Abbey Cheek. With the bases loaded and two outs, Cheek belted a double, plating the first two runs of the game.
Even though both teams had opportunities with runners in scoring position, the score remained 2-0 until the top of the fifth inning. Leading off the inning for the Bandits, DiCarlo blasted the eighth pitch of the at-bat over the center field fence for her third home run of the season.
The Eagles responded to the home run with a leadoff single in the bottom half of the inning, but a double play quickly ended the scoring threat, and a strikeout by Wagner ended the inning.
With the win, the Bandits improved to 26-7 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 7-29. The Bandits and Eagles will play two games against each other Monday night, with the first beginning at 4:30 CST at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, FL.
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.