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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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits will host a watch party for the National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday, April 15, at Kings Dining & Entertainment in Rosemont. Doors will open at 6 p.m. CDT and the draft is set to begin at 7. Tickets for the watch party cost $30. The event will feature live…

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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have named director of operations and promotions Jourdan Skirha as the team’s new assistant general manager, team officials announced Friday morning. Skirha, who has served as the director of operations and promotions since 2017, will assume assistant GM responsibilities from Frank Cargola. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity from the…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Infielder DJ Sanders of the Chicago Bandits and Kinship Entertainment have agreed to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) deal that will specifically involve the entertainment company’s “Out of Place Art of Facts” branded series. Sanders, chosen 21st overall in the 2018 NPF College Draft by the Chicago Bandits, began her collegiate career…

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Photo credit: Carolyn Buhrow JOLIET, Ill. — ‘We are all athletes here, and you are good enough.’ That served as the resounding message Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn, outfielder Brenna Moss and head coach Lauren Lappin delivered to Marie Marcum and her travel team Saturday afternoon. The 9-year-old softball player endured ridicule from a baseball-themed…

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — In a partnership announced Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Bandits and the Rosemont Visitor and Tourism Bureau have reached a team-wide agreement offering every Bandits player and coach an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) during the 2019 season. National Pro Fastpitch launched the OPAL program in December. It is designed to subsidize players’ and…

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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: USA Softball ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have signed Team USA infielder Hannah Flippen to a one-year contract, team officials announced Tuesday afternoon. Flippen, the 17th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2017 NPF Draft, boasts NPF experience on her playing resume, as well as considerable experience on the international…

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Photo credit: University of Illinois Athletics ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits named University of Illinois assistant coach Lance McMahon to their coaching staff for the 2019 season, team officials announced Friday afternoon. McMcMahon currently serves as the pitching and catching coach for the Illini. Now in his third year in Champaign, McMahon oversaw a…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series will return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois, for a second consecutive season, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2019 Championship Series is scheduled for Aug. 15-19. The league’s hallmark event will enter its second season with a best-of-five Championship Series format, which features…

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