Bandits acquire first round pick from Spirit

Photo credit: Marina Mantas, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have acquired a first round selection in the 2018 NPF Draft from the Aussie Spirit in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kaia Parnaby, team officials announced Monday afternoon.

Parnaby, a resident of New South Wales, Australia, made seven starts and appeared in eight games during her rookie season with the Bandits. The southpaw compiled a 6-1 mark in the circle and maintained a 1.56 ERA during the regular season. Parnaby also completed two games and earned the start in Game 1 of the 2018 NPF Championship Series semifinal against the USSSA Pride.

“Kaia is a talented athlete and we wish her the best of luck with her new club,” general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “Accumulating another significant pick in the 2018 NPF Draft was a priority for our team this offseason.”

Parnaby signed her first professional contract with the Bandits on March 3, 2017 as part of a one-year agreement between the Bandits and Softball Australia.

National Pro Fastpitch introduced the Aussie Spirit as the league’s latest addition on Dec. 28, 2017.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

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 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, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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