ROSEMONT, Ill. (November 21, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Sashel Palacios, team officials announced on Thursday afternoon.
Palacios, a current graduate assistant at Arizona State, suited up all four years behind the plate for the Sun Devils during her collegiate career. As a senior, the Chula Vista, California resident ranked among team leaders in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.322 – third), home runs (10 – third), RBI (40 – third) and on-base percentage (.462 – first).
“We are excited to add a player of Sashel’s caliber to our roster for the 2018 season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She proved to be a reliable backstop at Arizona State and we’re glad she can continue her playing career in Chicago.”
In addition to her standout numbers at the plate, Palacios shined defensively for the Sun Devils, compiling a .989 fielding percentage during her senior campaign. As a sophomore, she earned All-Pac-12 Defensive honors and landed a spot on the NFCA All-West Region Team.
During her four years at Arizona State, Palacios helped guide the program to the NCAA Tournament in each season, including a trip to the Super Regionals round in 2014.
The 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.