Romero’s blast spoils Fico’s no-hit bid

VIERA, Fla. — Rachele Fico took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before USSSA Pride second baseman Sierra Romero unloaded a three-run home run to center as the Chicago Bandits lost their second consecutive game by a score of 3-1 Tuesday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

Fico, who allowed just one hit across six strong innings of work, suffered a difficult loss and fell to 2-1 on the season.

Romero’s three-run blast represented the lone offense of the day for the Pride (15-0), which backed southpaw Keilani Ricketts’ effort in the circle.

Ricketts tossed a complete game and allowed one run on four hits while striking out three. She fanned pinch-hitter Gwen Svekis for the final out of the contest and moved to 2-0 during the 2018 campaign.

The Bandits (18-2) scored the game’s first run via an third-inning RBI groundout from Courtney Gano, who returned to the starting lineup after a brief stint with Team USA in Texas and Japan. The rookie infielder, who spent the 2017 season playing overseas in the Italian Softball League, also reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Veteran catcher Kristyn Sandberg also collected a pair of hits, including a seventh-inning double.

The Bandits and Pride will conclude their three-game set at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Space coast Stadium. The finale will be broadcast via NPFTV.

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

EXTRA INNINGS

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Sierra Romero (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)

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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