Moss ties single-season hits record in regular season finale
ROSEMONT — Brenna Moss reached a milestone in the Chicago Bandits’ 10-5 loss against the USSSA Pride to close the regular season Sunday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The veteran left fielder recorded her 65th base knock of the campaign to tie the NPF single-season hits record.
Moss’ infield single in the sixth, her third of the night, placed her in the history books alongside former Rockford/Texas Thunder standout Kristen Zaleski, who finished the 2005 season with 65 hits.
However, the Bandits could not capitalize upon Moss’ stellar night at the plate. USSSA used a 15-hit attack to claim the regular season finale.
Pride left fielder Megan Wiggins, later named the Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game, launched a towering two-run blast in the fifth to put the game out of reach at 7-2.
Bandits rookie shortstop DJ Sanders responded with a two-run shot of her own in the bottom half of the frame, but USSSA put up three runs of their own in the sixth, which included a two-RBI single from Wiggins. Sanders’ home run marked her sixth in the past eight games. She also contributed a double and tallied three runs in the ballgame.
Right-hander Lacey Waldrop (L, 4-1) suffered her the her first loss of the season in a starting role after the veteran surrendered six runs in 1.1 innings of work. First-year southpaw Paige Lowary and right-hander Ally Carda supplied impressive outings in relief. The duo combined to allow just a single hit while striking out three batters in 2.2 innings.
USSSA starter Delanie Gourley (W, 7-1) collected the win after the former Florida standout allowed two runs over four frames. Her effort in the circle was matched by four-RBI performance from both Wiggins and catcher Chelsea Goodacre.
The Bandits and Pride will renew their rivalry in the NPF Championship Series, which is set to begin Thursday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. First pitch in Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. All games in the best-of-five battle for the Cowles Cup will be broadcast via ESPN+.
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Records: USSSA (42-5), Chicago (37-10)
Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Megan Wiggins (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI)
Metropolitan Riveters goaltender and Katie Fitzgerald went head-to-head against Bandits catcher Kristyn Sandberg in a hockey competition prior to first pitch.
Moss’ 27 stolen bases and .442 batting average also stand as single-season franchise records.
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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.