Bandits Take Game 5 and Series From Aussie Peppers With 7-1 Win
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits (22-5) rounded out their series against the Aussie Peppers with a 7-1 win on Thursday.
After 2 scoreless innings, Aussie (7-21) started the scoring in the third inning off an RBI single from Verity Long-Droppert. Despite several runners in scoring position, starting pitcher Rachele Fico was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam with a double play to end the inning.
The offense returned for Chicago in the fourth with a solo home run from Abbey Cheek. That wasn’t their only hit, but did end up being their only run as Kaia Parnaby shut the door.
Chicago tacked on two more runs as Amanda Chidester and Abbey Cheek increased the lead with back-to-back homers. Chidester went yard again in the sixth with a three-run home run and finished the game with four RBI. Cheek followed up that home run with another of her own, making that her third home run of the contest to finish out an impressive night at the plate.
Chicago leaves Mankato with sole possession of first place in the league. After a four day break, they’ll return to the field on July 15 to take on the USSSA Pride in a two games series at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City.
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.