Jenna Lilley Announces Retirement After Second NPF Season

ROSEMONT, Ill. – After two seasons in the NPF, Jenna Lilley has announced her retirement from professional softball. 

Lilley joined the Bandits after a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Comets, sending Sammy Marshall, Emily Carosone and Shelby Turnier to Cleveland in exchange for Lilley and the first overall pick in the 2019 NPF draft.

“We want to thank Jenna for her contributions to our team and our organization,” GM Toni Calmeyn said. “Her commitment and love for the team are appreciated, and we wish her well in future endeavors.” 

In her time with Chicago, Lilley saw playing time in 11 games, but even when she wasn’t playing, she was a constant voice of support in the dugout. 

An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, Lilley was the driving force behind the Bandits’ partnership with To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit mission that aims to provide hope to people suffering with depression and other mental illnesses. 

“I’m really grateful for my experience as a Bandit this past NPF season. The Village of Rosemont and every staff member of the Bandits works so hard to make this organization what it is,” Lilley said. “I am thankful for them in providing me this opportunity to be a part of this organization and am so proud to end my career as a Chicago Bandit.”


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