Turnier’s effort guides Bandits to rain-shortened win

ROSEMONT — The Bandits celebrated “Christmas in July” in the only way possible Friday night at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. They gave the Cleveland Comets coal for Christmas en route to a rain-shortened 10-0 win.

Right-hander Shelby Turnier turned in a dominant outing to earn her fifth victory of the season. The third-year standout cruised through four innings of work and surrendered just one hit while striking out seven.

The Bandits jumped on the board early and after behind timely hitting and a early defensive miscue by Cleveland right-hander Devin Brown. The rookie airmailed a throw home to allow a pair of Bandits baserunners to cross the plate in the opening frame. Productive at-bats from veteran designated player Stacy May-Johnson and rookie third baseman Courtney Gano extended the lead to 4-0.

RBI base knocks from shortstop Delaney Spaulding and second baseman Emily Carosone brought home three more runs. May-Johnson later delivered a double off the right-field wall to make it an 9-0 ballgame.

After a brief rain delay, Brenna Moss tacked on a run-scoring single to put the Bandits in double figures. It marked their eighth time scoring 10 or more runs in a game during the 2018 season.

Ally Carda sealed the win after the second-year right-hander tossed a scoreless fifth frame.

Brown suffered the loss for the Comets and fell to 3-12 on the season.

The Bandits will be back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday as they begin a three-game series against the league-leading USSSA Pride at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to the upcoming NPF Championship Series at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

EXTRA INNINGS

— Records: Comets (10-26), Bandits (28-7)

— Attendance: 1,254

— Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game: Shelby Turnier (W, 4.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 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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