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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with shortstop Delaney Spaulding, team officials announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Spaulding, a member of the United States Women’s National Team, excelled on the international platform, batting .361 with three home runs across 25 games. Her 20 RBI ranked third on the team through its most recent second-place showing in the 2017 Japan Cup.
“Delaney’s growth on the national team has been impressive and we’re excited to add a player of her caliber,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “The experience she’s been able to gain at the international level has been invaluable and we’re looking forward to seeing it translate on an NPF diamond.”
While at UCLA, Spaulding captured All-Pac-12 honors in all four years with the Bruins, including a trio of First Team nominations. The Rancho Cucamonga, California resident enjoyed a career year as a sophomore when she hit at a .397 clip with 20 home runs and 72 RBI.
In addition to her offensive highlights at the collegiate game, Spaulding earned All-Pac-12 Defensive Team recognition as a senior after recording a .948 fielding percentage in 252 opportunities in the field.
Spaulding concluded her collegiate career as one of the Bruins’ all-time offensive performers, totaling 61 home runs and 229 RBI. She batted in excess of .340 in all four seasons and recorded a higher walk total than strikeouts in each year, as well.
UCLA reached the Women’s College World Series in three of Spaulding’s four years with the program.
Spaulding joins a recent wave of infielders who reached agreements with the Bandits ahead of the 2018 season, including second baseman Emily Carosone, first baseman Megan Blank and catcher/utility infielder Courtney Gano.
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.