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Lowary named to U.S. National Team roster for International Cup

ROSEMONT — Bandits southpaw Paige Lowary has been named to the USA Softball Japan All-Star Series roster, which will compete at the International Cup from July 9-15 in Irvine, California.

Lowary, whom the Bandits selected No. 1 overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, will compete for the national team for a brief stint after a stellar start to her professional career. The former Oklahoma standout and 2017 national champion has amassed a 2-1 mark in the circle and her 12.79 strikeouts per game ranks atop the league leaderboard by a significant margin.

“We’ve been thoroughly impressed by Paige’s accomplishments in the NPF and it is evident USA Softball has its attention geared toward her immediate success as a professional,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We look forward to seeing her compete at the international level.”

Lowary makes a return to Team USA after participating with the 2016 Women’s Elite Team and the 2015 Junior Women’s National Team.

The International Cup is set to feature a plethora of talent from the United States, Japan, China and Canada, among other nations.

Bandits right-hander Rachele Fico also earned a spot among the initial pool of available athletes for the event, but the former Akron Racers star was not selected for the final roster.

The Bandits will be back in action as they begin a three-game series against the USSSA Pride at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. All three games in the series will be broadcast live at no cost via NPFTV.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2018 season, 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 Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex 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, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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