ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 17, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with pitcher Danielle O’Toole, team officials announced on Tuesday afternoon.
O’Toole, a second-round selection in the 2017 NPF Draft, amassed a 1-1 mark in the circle during an abbreviated rookie campaign which saw her split time between the Bandits and Team USA. The southpaw made her professional debut on July 16, 2017 against the Scrap Yard Dawgs, tossing five shutout innings while collecting her first career win.
“Danielle is an exciting talent in the circle and has showcased it at the professional and international levels of the game,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We were impressed with her ability to manage a loaded schedule last season and look forward to seeing her contribute to our rotation again in 2018.”
Including one start during the 2017 NPF Championship Series, O’Toole made four appearances with the Bandits as a rookie. The former Arizona standout pitched effectively in the postseason against the league-leading USSSA Pride offense, allowing just a single run through four innings of work in a 3-1 defeat.
In her first year with Team USA, O’Toole guided the Americans to a silver medal placing at the 2017 World Cup of Softball after tossing a one-hit shutout against top-ranked Japan during the group stage. The southpaw also helped Team USA to a gold medal finish at the 2017 Pan American Championship, finishing 2-0 with a 2.80 ERA across 15 innings pitched.
After beginning her collegiate career at San Diego State, O’Toole, the Mountain West Conference’s Freshman of the Year (2013) and Pitcher of the Year (2014) opted to transfer to Arizona. Her success continued in Tucson, where she earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors in both seasons with the Wildcats.
A resident of Upland, California, O’Toole joined the softball staff as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego on Sept. 19, 2017.
O’Toole marks the second member of Team USA to join the Bandits roster ahead of the 2018 season, alongside shortstop Delaney Spaulding.
he four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.