Win Streak Snaps As Aussie Peppers Best Bandits 5-1
ROSEMONT, Ill. – After fourteen straight victories, the Chicago Bandits suffered their first loss since June 20th at the hands of the Aussie Peppers (6-19) on Tuesday.
It was a scoreless outing for two solid innings as Bandits starter Aleshia Ocasio and Peppers starter Kaia Parnaby put on a pitching clinic.
Chicago (20-4) got on the board first in the third inning, converting on two singles from Abby Ramirez and Hannah Flippen and a throwing error committed by Aussie. Amanda Chidester reached third on an overthrown double-play attempt; Peppers third base Rachel Lack got Ramirez out at third, but missed the target as Chidester ran, allowing Flippen to reach home.
That would prove to be the only run the Bandits could manage this game.
With the scoring gates officially open, the Peppers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Singles from Leah Parry and Chelsea Forkin put two runners on base for Aussie and put Haylie Wagner in the circle in relief of Ocasio.
Carmelle Sorensen brought two runs in off of a misplay by Jessie Scroggins, reaching third as the Bandits tried to get the ball back to the infield. A sacrifice fly by Madeline Cameron brought the third and final run in for the Peppers.
The Peppers would tack on two more runs in the sixth to solidify their win. With Savannah Heebner in the circle, the Peppers managed to best the Bandits with a flurry of plays. Jordan Lambert was on base for Verity Long-Droppert after a hit by pitch, allowing the next two hits — a double by Lack and a single by Jade Wall — to bring in a run. Another single put the nail in the coffin and the fifth run in to reach the eventual final score of 5-1.
Despite Kelly Barnhill shutting the door for the remainder of the sixth, the Bandits weren’t able to convert on runners in scoring position in their last at-bats at the top of the seventh.
The Bandits have two chances to start a new winning streak on Wednesday with a doubleheader against the Peppers. First pitch for the first game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CST.
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
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