NASHVILLE – The two-time defending Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits made three picks in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft, presented by 2XU.
Using the third overall pick in the first round, Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn selected LSU catcher/infielder Sahvanna Jaquish.
Jaquish, who currently paces the No. 13 Tigers with a team-high 44 RBI and a .532 on-base percentage, is a three-time NFCA All-American. In each of her first three seasons at LSU, the Highland, California native has smacked 13 or more home runs and driven at least 55 RBI.
“(Jaquish is) such a versatile player,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s a very good player all-around and we think she’ll transition well.
Jaquish, a two-time First Team All-SEC honoree, showcased her ability to play all over the field last year. As a junior, she started all by one of LSU’s 70 games, compiling 30 starts behind the plate, 17 at first base, 16 at third base and six as the designated player.
With their subsequent pick, No. 4 overall, the Bandits selected Sierra Hyland, a right-handed pitcher/infielder from Cal Poly.
Hyland has already made history at Cal Poly, becoming the first three-time NFCA All-Region selection in program history.
During the current season, Hyland, has compiled a 17-8 mark in the circle with a miniscule 0.90 ERA. At the plate, the Visalia, California native has been equally as impressive, hitting at an impressive .323 clip with a pair of home runs and 29 RBI.
In the second round, the Bandits used their final pick of the draft to take Arizona pitcher/first baseman Danielle O’Toole.
O’Toole, a southpaw, has been dominant in the circle during her senior campaign. She sports a 24-3 record with an impressive 0.93 ERA while tossing 20 complete games for the No. 2 ranked Wildcats.
In just two seasons at Arizona, O’Toole has been on the winning end of 50 games, compared to just 15 losses and has held opponents to a .198 average at the plate.
O’Toole, who grew up in Upland, California, transferred to Arizona following two seasons at San Diego State, where she was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013 and Pitcher of the Year in 2014. She departed the Aztecs’ program as the school’s all-time leader in winning percentage (.726).
The 2017 NPF Draft was held at the historic Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville and featured five rounds with 26 collegiate seniors being selected to the professional ranks.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to inquire about becoming a season ticket holder for the 2017 season, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th 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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.