ROSEMONT, Ill. (February 29, 2020) – After two seasons in the NPF, Aleshia Ocasio has announced her retirement from professional softball.
“We want to thank Aleshia for everything she’s brought to our team these last two years,” Bandits AGM Jourdan Skirha said. “We will miss her energy in the room and wish her the best of luck in her future.”
Ocasio was selected 10th overall out of the University of Florida by Chicago in the 2018 NPF draft. Her rookie season with Chicago, she posted 17 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched, good for an ERA of 1.27. Her sophomore season saw nothing but improvements, throwing 39.1 innings and 29 strikeouts for an ERA of 0.89.
Ocasio won a Gold Medal on world ranked Puerto Rico National Team at the Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla in 2018 prior to signing with the Bandits.
During her senior season with the Gators in 2018, Ocasio earned a 23-7 record with a 1.45 ERA to build off an impressive junior campaign where she went 20-1 with a 0.70 ERA. A two-way player, Ocasio also recorded five home runs, drove in 36 runs and went 5-for-5 in stolen bases. She helped the Gators to an NCAA Championship title in 2015.
Jourdan Skirha, Assistant GM
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