McCleney and Spaulding homers guide Team USA to win game one over Bandits
ROSEMONT, IL – Haylie McCleney delivered a two-run homer in the fourth and one solo in the 6th that helped Team USA claim the 6-1 victory over the Chicago Bandits on Friday (Jun. 14) at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
Paige Lowary pitched three scoreless innings until former Bandit catcher Sahvanna Jaquish scored on a passed ball which put Team USA on the board followed by McCleney’s two-out shot to make it a three-run lead.
Entering the fifth, Delaney Spaulding blasted one to right field bringing in another two runs for the Red, White, and Blue making the score 5-0.
McCleney’s second homer of the night was a solo to center field that advanced their lead to 6 runs over the Bandits.
Looking for a comeback, Bandits rookie Alyssa DiCarlo received an RBI after flying one out to right field that brought Amanda Chidester home for the Bandits first run of the game in the bottom of the 6th.
Team USA outscored the Bandits with a final score of 6-1 to end game one. USA continued the evening with a contest against the USSSA Pride.
The Bandits will be back for redemption and to continue the exhibition series against Team USA on Saturday and Sunday (Jun. 15 and 16).
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.