Photo credit: Nick Monaghan, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (December 13, 2018) — The Chicago Bandits have have signed veteran pitcher Rachele Fico to a one-year extension, team officials announced Thursday morning.
Fico shined in her first season with the Bandits and compiled a team-best seven wins over 41.2 innings of work in the circle. The right-hander ranked fourth among all NPF pitchers with a sparkling 0.51 ERA.
“Rachele’s performance in the circle was an instrumental piece to our team’s success last season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She brings veteran leadership to the table and we’re looking forward to seeing more of the same in 2019.”
Fico first agreed to terms with the Bandits on a one-year contract in March. The Oxford, Connecticut, product played five seasons in the NPF and collected 33 wins across 316.2 innings before she joined the Bandits. Fico made 17 appearances, including 10 starts, during the 2017 campaign and struck out 53 batters.
A former All-American at LSU, Fico made an immediate in Rosemont when she tossed the team’s lone complete-game shutout of the 2018 season July 11 in a 3-0 win over the Beijing Shougang Eagles.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 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.
ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 15th 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 Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex 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 have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.