Bandits standouts capture gold at World Championship, qualify for 2020 Olympic Games

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits will welcome back a core group of players to their roster following impressive performances at the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, in which Team USA defeated Japan in dramatic fashion.

The Americans, in part powered by a three-run homer off the bat of Bandits shortstop Delaney Spaulding, erased three separate deficits in a thrilling, 7-6 gold medal matchup to solidify their spot in softball’s return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Spaulding enjoyed an impressive stretch of play on the world stage and batted .308 throughout the tournament. The former UCLA standout smacked two home runs and drove in nine runs to help pace Team USA’s offensive attack. Four of her eight hits went for extra bases.

Bandits second-year southpaw Danielle O’Toole joined Spaulding in Chiba, Japan, and scattered four hits across 4.2 innings of work. She mowed down batters at an high rate, striking out six. O’Toole tossed one-third of an inning in the Americans’ win over Japan.

The Bandits also sported members of Team Puerto and Team Mexico — pitcher/utility Aleshia Ocasio and catcher Sashel Palacios, respectively.

Ocasio and Puerto Rico managed a top-five finish, one spot in front of the nation’s No. 6 world ranking. The former Florida standout, whom the Bandits selected 10th overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, posted a .308 clip at the plate during the preliminary round. She delivered a trio of home runs and ranked second on Puerto Rico’s team with eight RBI.

Palacios, meanwhile, supplied an strong presence behind the plate for Mexico. The former Arizona State standout, now in her rookie season with the Bandits, did not commit an error in a team-high 83 opportunities and nabbed three players stealing bases.

Mexico finished in sixth place at the World Championship.

All of the Bandits’ participants on the world stage will return to Rosemont ahead of the 2018 NPF Championship Series between the Bandits and USSSA Pride, which is set to begin Thursday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to the Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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