Late comeback falls short as Bandits drop opener to Pride

VIERA, Fla. — The Chicago Bandits endured a rough third inning and fell behind early in their series opener against the USSSA Pride on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. The Pride used their four-run outburst in the third to power a 4-2 victory. After Bandits starter Haylie Wagner managed to work through…

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Bandits and ThunderBolts play to tie in annual Battle of the Sexes game

CRESTWOOD, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits and Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts played to an extra-inning, 1-1 tie in the latest installment of their annual “Battle of the Sexes” softball game Monday night at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois. Nadia Taylor delivered the game’s first run with an run-scoring grounder to the left side of…

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Bandits blank Beijing, win second straight

ROSEMONT — Haylie Wagner cruised to her third victory of the season as the Chicago Bandits rolled to an 8-0 win over the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Monday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. Wagner collected her third win of the 2018 campaign after she breezed through the first five frames on just 46 pitches. The…

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Bandits earn doubleheader split against Spirit

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits managed a split in Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader against the Aussie Spirit but dropped the three-game series with a loss in Game 2. Former Bandits southpaw Kaia Parnaby, now a member of the Spirit in their inaugural season as an NPF franchise, delivered a impressive performance in the circle in a 3-0…

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Bandits sign first-round pick Svekis to one-year deal

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have reached a one-year deal with draftee Gwen Svekis, team officials announced Friday. Svekis, a standout catcher at Oregon, broke career highs in a number of statistical categories during the 2018 season. The Davie, Florida, resident belted 17 home runs and 60 RBI to pace the Ducks, and also sported…

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Bandits sign draftee Sanders to three-year deal

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits and infielder DJ Sanders have agreed to a three-year deal, team officials announced Thursday afternoon. Sanders, whom the Bandits selected with the 21st overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NPF Draft, joins the team after a stellar collegiate career split between Louisiana-Lafayette and Oregon. “We are excited…

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Bandits draftees highlight NFCA awards

The Chicago Bandits’ 2018 draft class found numerous spots on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s awards list, including a pair of All-American selections. Here is a full recap of the national honors, which were announced Wednesday afternoon. Gwen Svekis Gwen Svekis, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2018 NPF Draft, earned a trio of…

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Postseason Update No. 2

All four remaining Bandits draftees in the NCAA Tournament moved on to the Women’s College World Series. A handful of coaches saw their teams advance further in the postseason, as well. Here’s a brief look at each individual performance from Week 2 of the postseason. Paige Lowary — First round, No. 1 overall Oklahoma advanced…

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Postseason Update No. 1

The Chicago Bandits 2018 draft class performed well throughout the regional round of the NCAA Tournament as Paige Lowary (Oklahoma), Aleshia Ocasio (Florida) and Gwen Svekis and DJ Sanders (Oregon) progressed into super regionals. Jessie Scroggins and Baylor were eliminated by nationally needed Texas A&M. Here’s a look at each individual effort from the regional…

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Bandits select Oklahoma’s Lowary with No. 1 overall pick

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits bolstered their pitching staff in the 2018 NPF Draft, selecting Oklahoma left-hander Paige Lowary with the No. 1 overall selection Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Lowary, who led the nation in saves (11) during the 2017 season en route to earning All-Big 12 First Team honors, has continued her…

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