Sandberg guides Bandits to eight consecutive win

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kristyn Sandberg spearheaded a 14-hit attack on the road and the Bandits won their eighth consecutive game to begin the 2018 campaign, beating the Aussie Spirit 7-4 Saturday night in Lawrence, Kansas.

After the Spirit jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, Sandberg’s RBI single through the left side evened the score in the second. She later walked, singled and scored a run to earn Vaultz Lock It Up! Player of the Game honors.

Sandberg has hit safely in all seven of her appearances this season.

The veteran catcher’s offensive outburst, combined with multi-hit efforts from Courtney Gano, Brenna Moss and Emily Crane, helped back a combined effort in the circle. Lacey Waldrop tossed the opening three frames and surrendered four runs before giving way to Haylie Wagner out of the bullpen.

Wagner (2-0) earned the win after not allowing a baseunner through two innings while striking out a pair. Her performance stifled any momentum from the Spirit side, who once held leads of 1-0 and 4-3.

Ally Carda replaced the southpaw in the sixth and delivered two shutout innings of work to collect her first save of the season.

The Bandits and Spirit will continue their nine-game stretch with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday from Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, Kansas. Live streaming of Sunday’s twin bill will be available via ESPN+.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004 provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

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