Bandits Pitcher Rachele Fico Announces Finale
ROSEMONT, Ill. – After playing seven seasons with National Pro Fastpitch, Chicago Bandits pitcher Rachele Fico has announced her retirement.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities that the sport of softball has given me. My time spent in the NPF is something that I will always cherish. I am extremely proud to end my NPF career as a Chicago Bandit,” Fico said in a statement. “The past two seasons that I’ve spent with the Bandits have been nothing short of amazing.”
Before she joined the Bandits in 2018, Fico played five seasons with the Akron Racers (NPF 2004-2017), where she collected 33 wins across 316.2 innings. After being acquired via trade with the Cleveland Comets, she continued to shine in her new environment in Chicago, posting 7 wins in 8 starts her first season, good for a .050 ERA.
“Rachele was an honor to have on the team these past two years,” Bandits General Manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She was an instrumental piece to our success last season. We thank her for everything she’s done here in Chicago and wish her nothing but the best going forward.”
Her second and final season with Chicago was nothing short of spectacular. In 17 appearances, Fico notched a record of 11-3, posting 62 strikeouts. In a 5-0 win against the Aussie Peppers on July 20, 2019, she earned her first career perfect game with six strikeouts.
Fico took the circle for the last time in the final game of the 2019 Championship Series.
The former LSU All-American was drafted 1st overall to the Akron Racers in 2013. She boasts a career line of 461.1 innings pitched, earning 297 strikeouts, 45 wins, 4 saves and a career ERA of 3.44.
Fico continued: “I would like to thank The Village Of Rosemont for the tireless hours that they put in to make the Chicago Bandits the top-notch organization that it is. Thank you to all the staff that works behind the scenes every day; without you, none of this would be possible. Last, but not least, I would like to thank Bandit Nation for welcoming me with open arms and making Chicago feel like home.”