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Romero’s big night powers Pride to Game 2 win

ROSEMONT — Sierra Romero continued her strong start to the 2018 campaign and guided the USSSA Pride to a 3-2 win Saturday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The third-year second baseman smacked a solo shot in the opening frame, a game-tying triple in the fifth and an eventual game-winning single in the seventh as the Pride forced a rubber match in the three-game series.

The Bandits (19-4) managed to steady the ship after Romero’s early contribution and temporarily took a 2-1 lead after run-scoring hits by Brenna Moss and Courtney Gano in the third.

However, Romero’s bat undid a strong start by Shelby Turnier, who was saddled with a no-decision after the right-hander worked 4.1 innings in the circle, allowing just one run on two hits.

Coley Ries entered in relief but surrendered the game-tying triple before settling in for a steady performance out of the bullpen. The former Texas Charge standout tossed 1.2 innings before handing the ball to Ally Carda. The right-hander battled pitch-for-pitch against USSSA’s Paige Parker, but Romero tagged her for the go-ahead, two-out single in the seventh.

Parker, in her professional debut, collected her first win after delivering 3.2 strong innings of relief work. The two-time national champion at Oklahoma scattered three hits and did not allow a run.

Veteran southpaw Keilani Ricketts earned the save, her first of the 2018 season, after inducing a groundout off the bat of Sammy Marshall to end the game.

Carda suffered the loss and fell to 3-1 on the season.

The Pride improved to 17-1 with the win.

The two teams will conclude their three-game set at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The series finale 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: 1,111

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Sierra Romero (3-for-4, HR, 3B, 3 RBI)

— Sunday’s game is “Breast Cancer Awareness Day” at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. The Bandits will be auction off game-worn pink jerseys and all proceeds will benefit A Silver Lining Foundation.

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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