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Four Aussie players sign

By: Jason Lowenthal
An outfielder from New South Wales, Samantha Poole was one of four Australian athletes signed by the Bandits on Monday. Photo credit: Sam Donkin

ROSEMONT – In coordination with Softball Australia, the Chicago Bandits have signed the remainder of the eight Australian athletes set to compete and train with the team in Rosemont during the 2017 season.

Rachel Lack, Kaia Parnaby, Samantha Poole and Ellen Roberts officially signed one-year contracts with team on Monday, general manager Toni Calmeyn announced.

“We’re excited to bring over these talented women to showcase their abilities here in Rosemont,” Calmeyn said. “I’m looking forward to working with them and hopefully they’ll have opportunities to contribute toward a successful 2017 campaign.”

Lack, hailing from Sydney, Australia, has already been acclimated to the game of fastpitch softball in the United States. Serving in a utility role, the former Barker College standout in New South Wales, Australia played for two years at Hawaii.

Over her pair of seasons with the Rainbow Warriors, Lack appeared in 93 games, including 82 starts. During her second year at the NCAA level, she recorded a team-high six home runs and 23 RBI for Hawaii.

Also a former Rainbow Warrior, Parnaby was a four-year pitcher at Hawaii. The southpaw took major steps toward national recognition in her junior and senior seasons. As an upperclassman, Parnaby compiled a 55-10 mark in the circle and was named to a pair of all-conference teams (2012 Second Team All-WAC; 2013 First Team All-Big West).

Poole, an outfielder for the New South Wales Firestars, was recently named to the All-Tournament Team at the Australian Women’s Softball National Championship. In addition to competing at the club level, Poole has represented her country at the Japan Cup as a member of the Aussie Spirit.

A former hurler at Memphis, Roberts re-set the Tigers’ record books during her four years in the circle. In addition to topping the program record for career starts (70), Roberts owns the top of the chart in career saves (five), appearances (93) and innings pitched (456.0).

During her senior campaign, Roberts was named an NFCA All-Region Third Team after leading Memphis with 12 wins and a 2.89 ERA through 33 starts.

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.

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