Bandits toss combined perfect game in doubleheader sweep of Spirit

ROSEMONT — Shelby Turnier, Aleshia Ocasio and Paige Lowary combined to deliver a perfect game as part of a doubleheader sweep against the Aussie Spirit on Sunday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

Turnier, in her first start of the 2018 season after a stretch of impressive relief efforts, didn’t allow a baserunner in three innings of work. The right-handed rookie Ocasio entered in relief and continued the momentum. She tossed 14 of her 16 pitches for strikes across two frames before giving way to fellow rookie Paige Lowary. The former Oklahoma standout southpaw and No. 1 selection in the 2018 NPF Draft sealed the perfect game by striking out three in a pair of shutout innings.

Former Bandits catcher Taylah Tsitsikronis grounded out to second baseman Abby Ramirez for the 21st out in the 8-0 victory.

The perfect game marked the first for the franchise since Monica Abbott accomplished the feat July 23, 2015, in a singular effort against the Dallas Charge.

A three-run home run off the bat of Sammy Marshall and a three-hit day at the plate by rookie Jessie Scroggins provided plenty of offensive support to the combined effort in the circle.

Natalie Hernandez, Kristyn Sandberg and Nadia Taylor also contributed run-scoring hits in the win.

The Bandits collected a win earlier in the day, as well, although not in convincing fashion. Right-hander Lacey Waldrop supplied an impressive performance out of the bullpen to earn her second win of the season. The fourth-year pro entered in relief of Rachele Fico, who worked through the first three frames before running into the trouble in the fourth. Fico departed with runners on second and third and nobody out before Waldrop managed to work out of the jam and preserve the Bandits’ 2-1 advantage.

Waldrop cruised through the final three innings, allowing just a single hit and striking out a pair.

The eventual game-winning run came across to score in the fourth off a bases-loaded groundout from Sammy Marshall.

The Bandits will be back in action Tuesday as they face the Beijing Shougang Eagles for a neutral site meeting at Caswell Park North in Mankato, Minnesota. First pitch in the series opener is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast via NPFTV.

EXTRA INNINGS

— Attendance: 682

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game (G1): Lacey Waldrop (W, 4.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K)

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game (G2): Shelby Turnier (3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K)

— The fathers of Abby Ramirez, Nadia Taylor and Jessie Scroggins delivered ceremonial first pitches ahead of Game 1 of a Father’s Day doubleheader.

ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fast pitch 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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