Fico delivers complete game shutout in Bandits win
ROSEMONT — Rachele Fico tossed a complete game shutout and struck out seven as the Chicago Bandits earned their fourth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
Fico (W, 4-2), a veteran right-hander and former Akron Racers standout, scattered six hits and did not walk a batter in an impressive performance. It marked just the second complete game of the 2018 season for the Bandits, both of which are credited to Fico.
Her effort in the circle was matched by an offense jumpstarted through rookie right fielder Jessie Scroggins. The former Baylor standout recorded a three-hit day at the plate and added an RBI and run. Her bunt single in the fifth, combined with an overthrow at third, allowed Abby Ramirez to cross the plate with the game’s first run.
The Bandits put a second run on the board via an RBI single off the bat of Brenna Moss later in the frame and made it 3-0 when Scroggins delivered a run-scoring base hit in the sixth.
Rookie right-hander Allie Walljasper (L, 3-5) suffered the loss after the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NPF Draft allowed a pair of runs across 4.1 innings of work. Veteran southpaw and former Bandits pitcher Angel Bunner tossed the final 1.2 innings for the Eagles.
The Bandits and Eagles will conclude their six-game series with a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch in Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. and both games will be broadcast via ESPN+.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the 2018 season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
— Attendance: 790
— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Rachele Fico (W, CG, 0 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K)
— Records: Eagles (11-26), Bandits (24-7)
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.