Bandits Bring Win Streak to Mankato, Blank Aussie Peppers 6-0
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Hannah Flippen felt nostalgic as she took to the dirt field in Mankato as the Bandits shutout the Aussie Peppers on Monday, good for their 14th straight win.
“Feeling the dirt between my hands, it felt good today,” Flippen said.
It also felt good for the Bandits offensive efforts as Flippen broke the scoreless tie early in the third inning with a three-run home run, scoring Abby Ramirez who reached on a walk, and Brenna Moss who reached on a single.
“I was just looking to get on base, really,” Flippen said after receiving Park Planet Player of the Game honors. “We had been taking a lot of first-pitch strikes the whole game, so I was just being aggressive and looking for a pitch to hit.”
Immediately following Flippens blast, Amanda Chidester answered with a home run of her own to give Chicago a 4-0 lead. Those back-to-back home runs chased the Peppers’ starting pitcher Tarni Stepto and brought right-hander Ellen Roberts to the circle.
The change didn’t throw the Bandits off their game. Abbey Cheek found herself ahead of the count early, lining to left-center and in for a single and bringing Jenna Lilley aboard to pinch run. A double from Gwen Svekis took Lilley to third and a grounder from Kristyn Sandberg scored Lilley, increasing Chicago’s lead to 5-0.
The Peppers didn’t manage a hit off of Rachele Fico until late in their half of the fourth. With two outs, Carmelle Sorensen reached on a throwing error and Stacy McManus hit a single to left, but both were stranded as Fico struck Jordan Lambert out to end the inning.
Flippen showed the Bandits weren’t done yet in the fifth, hitting her second home run of the game and posting the eventual final score of 6-0.
Kelly Barnhill came into the game in relief of Fico (4 IP, 4 K) and kept the door shut, followed by Lowary’s outing in the 7th to secure the win with three quick outs of her own.
“I think we have a good flow in our lineup right now with [Moss] leading us off, then me, then [Chidester],” Flippen said. “Everyone is getting on base for each other, hitting for each other, and we’re having fun doing it.”
Chicago (20-3) continues their five game road series against the Aussie Peppers (5-19) at 7:05pm CST on Tuesday July 9th at Caswell Park.
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