Scroggins supplies three-hit performance in Game 1 loss

ROSEMONT — NPF Rookie of the Year Jessie Scroggins delivered a pair of RBI in her introduction to the postseason, but the Chicago Bandits dropped Game 1 of the 2018 Championship Series to the USSSA Pride by a score of 3-2 Thursday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

Scroggins, who supplied a three-hit postseason debut, erased a 1-0 deficit in the third and briefly gave the Bandits a 2-1 lead in the fifth before USSSA used a late home run off the bat of Shelby Pendley to steal the best-of-five opener.

Bandits southpaw Danielle O’Toole suffered a difficult loss after she surrendered the two-run blast to Pendley. The former Arizona standout wiggled out of a pair of jams in the third and fourth frames before Pendley’s ultimate blow.

Right-hander Rachele Fico did not factor into the decision in a starting effort. She tossed the opening 2.1 innings and allowed just one run — a solo shot from veteran left fielder Megan Wiggins — on two hits.

Meanwhile, Pride starter Jolene Henderson solidified her 2018 NPF Pitcher of the Year honor after the right-hander supplied a complete-game performance. Henderson scattered four hits across the seven innings and struck out four.

Bandits rookie right-hander Aleshia Ocasio also pitcher in relief and delivered a scoreless sixth frame. However, the Bandits could not muster the tying run in the seventh.

The Bandits and Pride will take the field for Game 2 of the Championship Series on Friday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast via ESPN+.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to purchase tickets to the best-of-five Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

EXTRA INNINGS

Attendance: 744

Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Jolene Henderson (W, CG, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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