ROSEMONT, Ill. (September 29, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with second baseman Emily Carosone, team officials announced on Friday afternoon.
Carosone, who earned All-NPF honors during her second season at the professional level, placed herself near the top of the league rankings in a multitude of offensive statistical categories. The former Auburn star ranked among league leaders in hits (50), batting average (.379), on-base percentage (.475) and runs (30).
“Emily was an instrumental part of our lineup last season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She consistently performed at a high level and we’re excited to retain a player of her caliber.”
As a tone setter penciled into the top third of the lineup, Carosone started in all 45 of her games played and helped lead the Bandits to their 10th consecutive trip to the NPF Championship Series. Her sixth-inning grand slam in a road game against the Texas Charge on August 6, 2017 helped secure the postseason berth.
A lefty hitter drafted 22nd overall in the fourth round of the 2016 NPF Draft, Carosone burst onto the scene in Rosemont. After making her professional debut on June 17, 2016, the Orlando, Florida resident reached base in five straight games to begin her Bandits career – four hits, five walks, three hit by pitches.
Carosone is one of just two players to hit a walk-off grand slam in the postseason, including NCAA baseball and MLB. She accomplished the feat during her senior campaign at Auburn, launching the walk-off blast in game two of the 2016 Women’s College World Series.
Carosone joins a recent wave of players returning to the Bandits lineup in 2018, including outfielders Brenna Moss and Sammy Marshall and first baseman Megan Blank. The Bandits also signed catcher/infielder Courtney Gano, a former Washington standout who most recently played for Softball Club Forlì in the Italian Softball League.
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.