Henderson, Pride Hand Bandits Their First Two Losses
ROSEMONT, Ill. – After a hot 5-0 start, the Chicago Bandits took their first two losses of the season, falling 8-0 to the USSSA Pride following the continuation of Wednesday night’s rain-suspended game, as well as their originally scheduled game 6-1.
Wednesday’s game ended Thursday due to a run rule with the Pride besting the Bandits 8-0.Bandits RHP Aleshia Ocasio took the circle to start the game but after earning two runs was pulled after two innings and replaced by Savannah Heebner.
Pride rookie pitcher Taran Alvelo soundly started the Pride out, going three up, three down to shut down the Bandits offensive efforts.
Alvelo’s shutout held through the suspended game with help from Jailyn Ford and Megan Good, earning Alvelo her second win of her rookie campaign.
The Bandits found themselves behind at the top of the first of tonight’s originally scheduled game following hits from Lorenz and Warren. They got a hit of their own back when Hannah Flippen singled to left field but left her stranded on first when Amanda Chidester grounded out to Pride 3B Jessie Warren who forced the out at first.
Top of the second brought two more runs in for USSSA while the Bandits went down in order and remained scoreless. Starting pitcher Rachele Fico came back for the top of the third to retire the side and keep the deficit 3-0.
The Bandits finally got on the board in the fourth inning. Bandits outfielder Brenna Moss singled to get on base and was brought home by a double from Amanda Chidester.
The end of the fourth brought the end of Fico’s outing in the circle, pitching a line of 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER. Tonight’s loss brings her to a 1-1 on the young season.
Rookie pitcher Kelly Barnhill came in to relieve Fico and pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Her outings for the sixth and seventh didn’t fare the same – she gave up two home runs to increase the Pride’s lead to 6-1.
The Bandits (5-2) return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex tomorrow afternoon to take on Team USA.
— Attendance: 522
—Player of the Game – Conclusion of 6/13, Taran Alvelo. 6/14, Amanda Lorenz.
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.