Photo credit: University of Florida Athletics ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits drafted University of Florida right-handed pitcher Kelly Barnhill with the first overall selection in the 2019 NPF Draft on Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the second year in a row the Bandits bolstered their pitching staff with the No. 1 pick. A…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aleshia Ocasio and HitTrax have agreed to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) activation that will pair the two for the 2019 season. The OPAL program was launched by the league in December and designed specifically to subsidize player salaries with at least 90% of the revenue paid directly to the athletes themselves. The…

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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have signed left-handed pitcher Danielle O’Toole to a one-year contract extension, team officials announced Thursday afternoon. In her second season in Chicago, O’Toole pitched to a 0.58 ERA across 12 innings while picking up 14 strikeouts. As a rookie in 2017, the southpaw tossed 10 regular-season innings and posted a…

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Photo credit: Seminole State College Athletics ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits named former All-American Amber Flores as an assistant coach for the 2019 season, team officials announced Monday morning. Flores, the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride, currently serves as the head coach for Seminole State College, a…

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have signed right fielder Emily Crane to a one-year extension, team officials announced Sunday morning. Crane, in her second season with the Bandits with the Bandits, amassed a .328 batting average across 36 games. The former University of Missouri standout also chipped in eight stolen bases, placing her within the…

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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have have signed veteran pitcher Rachele Fico to a one-year extension, team officials announced Thursday morning. Fico shined in her first season with the Bandits and compiled a team-best seven wins over 41.2 innings of work in the circle. The right-hander ranked fourth among all NPF pitchers with a sparkling…

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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have reached a one-year deal with draftee Gwen Svekis, team officials announced Friday. Svekis, a standout catcher at Oregon, broke career highs in a number of statistical categories during the 2018 season. The Davie, Florida, resident belted 17 home runs and 60 RBI to pace the Ducks, and also sported…

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The Chicago Bandits’ 2018 draft class found numerous spots on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s awards list, including a pair of All-American selections. Here is a full recap of the national honors, which were announced Wednesday afternoon. Gwen Svekis Gwen Svekis, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2018 NPF Draft, earned a trio of…

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