Florida right-hander Barnhill headlines Bandits’ 2019 draft class

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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NPF College Draft returns to Nashville and ACME for third year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch will hold its annual NPF College Draft for the third consecutive year at the ACME Feed & Seed, located on 1st and Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event will take place Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. CDT. The draft, which has taken place since 2013 in Nashville,…

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Bandits acquire former All-American Lilley, No. 1 pick in 2019 NPF Draft

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have acquired former All-American infielder Jenna Lilley, along with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NPF Draft and cash considerations, from the Cleveland Comets in exchange for Emily Carosone, Sammy Marshall and Shelby Turnier, team officials announced Saturday afternoon. Lilley is set to join the Bandits after she…

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Ocasio receives Rookie of the Week honors

ROSEMONT — Chicago Bandits right-hander Aleshia Ocasio has been the National Pro Fastpitch Week 5 Rookie of the Week, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Ocasio, whom the Bandits selected 10th overall in the second round of the 2018 NPF Draft, made her professional debut Saturday against the Aussie Spirit. The former Florida two-way star earned the…

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Bandits claim season opener behind Wagner’s strong start

Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch ROSEMONT — Haylie Wagner built off an impressive 2017 campaign with a dominant outing in her first start of the 2018 season. Behind five shutout innings of from the southpaw, the Bandits cruised to a 9-0 season-opening victory over the newly-formed Cleveland Comets on Thursday night at…

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Bandits draftees highlight NFCA awards

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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Postseason Update No. 2

All four remaining Bandits draftees in the NCAA Tournament moved on to the Women’s College World Series. A handful of coaches saw their teams advance further in the postseason, as well. Here’s a brief look at each individual performance from Week 2 of the postseason. Paige Lowary — First round, No. 1 overall Oklahoma advanced…

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Bandits select Oklahoma’s Lowary with No. 1 overall pick

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits bolstered their pitching staff in the 2018 NPF Draft, selecting Oklahoma left-hander Paige Lowary with the No. 1 overall selection Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Lowary, who led the nation in saves (11) during the 2017 season en route to earning All-Big 12 First Team honors, has continued her…

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NPF announces partnership with VukGripz

Nashville, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch has added VukGripz as a new category partner beginning with the 2018 season. VukGripz will begin activation immediately by sponsoring the second round of the 2018 NPF College Draft that will take place April 23. With the partnership, VukGripz also becomes an Official Supplier of the league, opening up the…

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