Bandits reach one-year deal with southpaw O’Toole

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have signed left-handed pitcher Danielle O’Toole to a one-year contract extension, team officials announced Thursday afternoon.

In her second season in Chicago, O’Toole pitched to a 0.58 ERA across 12 innings while picking up 14 strikeouts. As a rookie in 2017, the southpaw tossed 10 regular-season innings and posted a 1.75 ERA in the postseason.

“We are pleased to bring Danielle back to Chicago for the 2019 season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She has proven to be a talented and reliable asset to our pitching staff, and we are excited to see her continue to grow as a player this summer.”

O’Toole made her professional debut July 16, 2017, and delivered five shutout innings in a 5-0 victory en route to her first win at the pro level. Her best outing of the 2018 campaign came June 22 when the former University of Arizona standout struck out five over three scoreless frames in a 3-0 road win over the Beijing Shougang Eagles.

As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2017 and 2018, O’Toole earned a silver medal at the 2017 World Cup of Softball and golds at the 2017 Pan American Championship and the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship. The Upland, California, native led Team USA with 15 innings pitched and a 0.47 ERA in its silver-medal performance in 2017.

The Bandits selected O’Toole with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NPF Draft. An NFCA First Team All-American her senior year, the lefty also garnered Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year recognition during her final season in Tucson.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 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 15th 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.