BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite a solo home run from former LSU standout Sahvanna Jaquish, the Chicago Bandits dropped game one of the 2017 NPF Championship Series against the USSSA Pride by a 4-1 final on Thursday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Jaquish’s two-out blast in the sixth inning temporarily cut the Bandits’ deficit in half after a two-run double from USSSA’s Sierra Romero put them in an early hole.
Chicago starting southpaw Kaia Parnaby pitched effectively, surrendering just two runs through the first five innings. However, a two-run long ball off the bat of NPF home run leader Shelby Pendley in the sixth ended her night. The Australian rookie suffered just her second loss in eight starts at the professional level.
Right-hander Shelby Turnier kept the Bandits within striking distance and recorded a pair of strikeouts in relief work.
Despite the efforts of Parnaby and Turnier, Chicago’s offense could not muster much against Pride veteran hurlers Keilani Ricketts and Jordan Taylor. Aside from Jaquish’s home run, Megan Blank’s line drive single marked the only other hit for the Bandits.
Taylor notched her 13th save of the season for the Pride.
The Bandits will look to stave off elimination tomorrow night in game two against the USSSA Pride. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST and the game will be broadcast across a number of platforms, including NPF TV, MLB.com and The Olympic Channel.
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About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th 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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.