Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Four members of the Chicago Bandits have been named to the 2018 Women’s National Team rosters, released by USA Softball on Saturday morning.
Catcher Sahvanna Jaquish, pitcher Danielle O’Toole and infielder Delaney Spaulding were all named to the World Championship roster and will compete at the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship from Aug. 2-12 in Chiba, Japan.
Additionally, infielder Courtney Gano was named to the 2018 Japan All-Star Series roster. The All-Star Series team will compete as a second representative of the United States at the World Cup of Softball.
“We are proud and excited to see our athletes continue to grow the game of softball on an international platform,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We look forward to watching them perform against top competition.”
Jaquish, who earned All-NPF honors in her rookie season at the professional level, batted .322 with three home runs and paced the Bandits with 29 RBI. The former LSU standout previously suited up for the Puerto Rican National Team at the international ranks. The Bandits selected Jaquish with the third overall selection in the 2017 NPF Draft.
O’Toole, a second-year member of Team USA, led the Americans to a silver medal finish at the 2017 World Cup of Softball. The southpaw from Arizona tossed 15 innings in the circle and allowed a single run while striking out 11 batters. O’Toole delivered a one-hit shutout against the eventual gold-medal winning Japanese squad during round robin play.
After being drafted eighth overall in the second round of the 2017 NPF Draft, O’Toole earned three starts (including postseason play) for the black and orange and sported a respectable 3.50 ERA.
Spaulding, a free agent signee of the Bandits on Oct. 3, 2017, is also set to compete for a second stint in the red, white and blue. In her initial campaign with Team USA, Spaulding excelled at the plate, batting .361 with three home runs and 20 RBI across 25 games.
An all-time offensive performer at UCLA, Spaulding totaled 61 home runs and 229 RBI while batting at least .340 in all four seasons as a Bruin.
Gano, who agreed to terms with the Bandits on Sept. 27, 2017 after playing the prior season for the Italian-based Softball Club Forlì, is a first-time National Team member. While overseas, Gano put on a display, amassing a .540 clip at the play through 18 starts.
A 2016 graduate of Washington, the West Covina, California resident ranked among team leaders in numerous categories during her season with the Huskies, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging 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.