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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to a one-year deal with United States Women’s National Team member Ally Carda, team officials announced Friday morning.
Carda, recently named to the 2018 Japan Series All-Star Series roster, most recently played in the NPF for the now-defunct Texas Charge.
“We are excited to add a player of Ally’s quality to our roster for the 2018 season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She brings experience at the national and professional level and we’re looking forward her contribute in multiple facets of the game.”
In the circle during her rookie campaign with the Charge, Carda earned four starts and pitched effectively, maintaining a 1.52 ERA and striking out 28 batters. The Elk Grove, Calif. resident also picked up a bat six times in 2017 and recorded a .375 on-base percentage with one run scored.
Carda, whose National Team experience includes gold medal finishes at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship and 2017 Pan American Championship, was also named the MVP of the 2015 Japan Cup when she paced the U.S. pitching staff with a 0.00 ERA across 14 innings of work.
Carda is currently an assistant coach at Cal Poly. The 2018 season will mark her third year with the Mustangs’ program. With Carda on staff, Cal Poly led the Big West Conference in numerous pitching categories, including ERA (1.30), strikeouts (418) and innings pitched (421.1). She also oversaw the development of Bandits right-hander Sierra Hyland, who became the first player from Cal Poly selected in the NPF Draft since Melissa Pura (2009).
A 2015 graduate of UCLA, Carda completed her standout career with the Bruins as the program’s all-time leader in appearances (178), also ranking third in victories (100) and innings pitched (787.1). On the offensive end, the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year finished with impressive numbers, including 43 home runs, 180 RBI and a .482 on-base percentage.
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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
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 Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 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.