Ries delivers gem in series-opening win over Eagles

ROSEMONT — Coley Ries continued her stellar stretch of play against the Beijing Shougang Eagles, and the Chicago Bandits claimed the series opener 1-0 over their international opponents Sunday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

Ries (W, 5-0) delivered a strong start in the circle and tossed five shutout frames in the victory. The second-year standout from Minnesota State — Mankato surrendered just one hit, a single, and did not walk a batter to earn her fifth win of the season.

Right-hander Shelby Turnier matched Ries’ effort and sealed the win in relief. The veteran right-hander collected her second save of the campaign and lowered her season ERA to a miniscule 0.21.

The lone run of the ballgame came via a two-out, RBI single off the bat of Bandits first baseman Megan Blank in the second inning, scoring Emily Carosone.

Beijing southpaw Angel Bunner (L, 4-8), who helped capture a Cowles Cup championship with the Bandits in 2016, suffered a difficult loss. Bunner allowed just the one run on two hits across four innings of work and struck out three.

The Bandits finished off the series-opening victory in a mere 1 hour, 19 minutes, marking the shortest contest of the 2018 season to date.

Chicago (21-7) and Beijing (11-23) will continued their six-game stretch with a 7:05 p.m. matchup Monday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The game will be broadcast via NPFTV.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any home game during the remainder of the 2018 season, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

EXTRA INNINGS

— Attendance: 912

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Coley Ries (W, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB 1 K)

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.

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