Combined shutout guides Bandits to sweep of Eagles
MANKATO, Minn. — Coley Ries, Aleshia Ocasio, Lacey Waldrop and Rachele Fico issued a combined shutout as the Chicago Bandits topped the Beijing Shougang Eagles by a score of 3-0 Saturday night at Caswell Park in Mankato, Minnesota.
The Bandits (18-0) completed a five-game sweep and collected their 18th consecutive victory to begin the 2018 season.
Ries, a native of nearby Eagle Lake, Minnesota, earned the start in the circle and managed to maneuver out of a first-inning jam without any damage.
Ocasio, who picked up her second career victory out of the bullpen, kept the Beijing bats at bay through the middle innings. The right-hander, whom the Bandits selected 10th overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, worked three innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five.
Walrop, meanwhile, continued to excel in a relief role. The fourth-year pro struck out three across two frames before handing the ball to Rachele Fico in a save situation. The former Akron Racers right-hander closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh.
Nadia Taylor and Emily Carosone supplied the necessary offensive burst for the Bandits after the pair delivered solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the third. Carosone’s blast marked her league-leading seventh of the campaign.
The Bandits made it 3-0 in the fourth via a passed ball as Delaney Spaulding scampered home to beat the tag.
Wang Lan suffered the loss for the Eagles (11-16) and fell to 2-5 on the season.
The Bandits will turn their attention to a critical three-game road series against the undefeated USSSA Pride, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2018 season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Attendance: 772
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.