Bandits travel to face league-leading Pride in Championship Series preview

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits hit the road to begin a three-game series against the league-leading USSSA Pride, which will kick off with a 6 p.m. first pitch Thursday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

The Bandits are in the midst of a eight-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents by a 66-6 margin. The final two wins of the dominant stretch came in shutout fashion as the Bandits took care of business against the Cleveland Comets by 12-0 and 10-0.

Shelby Turnier continued to make her case as an Pitcher of the Year candidate throughout the winning streak. The former Central Florida standout collected her fifth win of the season and added a pair of saves. Her ERA sits at a team-best 0.85. The right-hander struck out seven and allowed just a single hit across four innings in the 10-0 victory over Cleveland.

Rookie right fielder Jessie Scroggins matched Turnier’s efforts with a strong performance at the plate. Scroggins, whom the Bandits selected 15th overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, solidified her candidacy to earn the league’s Rookie of the Year award after posting a .543 clip at the plate (11-for-21) through the eight wins. The former Baylor standout secured Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game honors after going 5-for-6 with three doubles and four runs scored in a 21-0 rout of the Beijing Shougang Eagles.

The Bandits hold a 1-5 mark against the Pride during the 2018 season, although five of the six meetings were decided by two runs or fewer. Their lone victory came June 29 when early offense sparked by Kristyn Sandberg and Sammy Marshall ignited a 5-3 win.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the season, including the 2018 Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

SERIES SCHEDULE

6 p.m. — Thursday, July 26 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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6 p.m. — Friday, July 27 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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6 p.m. — Saturday, July 28 — Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Florida

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • The Pride pitching staff, led by Jessica Burroughs, Jolene Henderson and Keilani Ricketts, has been dominant throughout the season. The trio has combined to allow seven earned runs in 133.2 innings of work. However, Bandits left fielder Brenna Moss has enjoyed a good deal of success against the Pride in 2018. The fourth-year pro holds a .353 average through 17 at-bats versus USSSA. Scroggins, meanwhile, owns impressive marks against the Pride in her rookie campaign, including a .583 on-base percentage.
  • Chicago’s Emily Carosone and USSSA’s Megan Wiggins continue to battle for supremacy of the NPF’s home run leaderboard. Carosone, a third-year standout from Auburn, ranked atop the league with her 10 home runs before Wiggins, a veteran outfielder, smacked her 10th of the season Monday against Cleveland.

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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