O’Toole Leads Bandits to Victory Over Beijing in Series Opener
Rosemont, Ill. – Danielle O’Toole led the Bandits to a 4-0 victory over the Beijing Eagles in the first game of the series on Friday afternoon.
Coming off of a four-hit complete game shutout in her last start, O’Toole seemed determined to have an even better outing on Friday, and that’s exactly what she did.
O’Toole only allowed one hit in seven innings of work, striking out four and walking two in the process. Only one of Beijing’s three base runners reached second base in the masterful performance.
But the outcome of the game wasn’t always clear.
Eagles pitcher Wang Lan was equally as good as O’Toole through the first five innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.
Heading into the top of the sixth, the game was still tied at 0-0. A two out double by Brenna Moss offered a promising opportunity for the Bandits, but was quickly erased by a fly ball to end the inning. The Eagles also had a chance to score in the sixth, as Liu Li Li drew a walk to lead off the inning. However, a 4-6-3 double play ended the threat, and a groundout ended the inning.
After six tightly contested innings, the Bandits broke through in the seventh to score four runs. Amanda Chidester started the rally with an infield single, but a pop out and fielder’s choice left the Bandits with a runner on first base and two outs. Pinch hitter DJ Sanders hit a soft groundball to Eagles’ third baseman Lu Ying, which was thrown away, allowing Jessie Scroggins to score from first base. On the very next pitch, rookie Katie Reed extended the lead to 3-0 with the first home run of her career. Back-to-back singles by Abby Ramirez and Aleshia Ocasio pushed the score to 4-0, where it stayed for the remainder of the game.
Even though the outcome of the game was tied at 0-0 for six innings, O’Toole wasn’t worried at her teammate’s lack of offensive production.
“I knew they were gonna get it done sooner or later, it doesn’t really bother me much,” said O’Toole. “I know they’re trying hard.”
The second game of the series between the Bandits and Eagles will take place at 5:30 CT on Saturday, July 27 at Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, Florida.
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.