Bandits Sign Florida Two-Way Star Ocasio to Three-Year Deal

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ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have signed standout pitcher and utility player Aleshia Ocasio to a three-year deal, team officials announced Monday afternoon.

Ocasio, drafted 10th overall in the second round of the 2018 NPF Draft out of Florida, ranks among the top 10 in 10 different career marks for the Gators, including both pitching and offensive categories.

A two-time All-American and four-time All-SEC selection, Ocasio cemented herself in the record books at Florida and captured the national championship with the Gators during the 2015 season.

“We are excited to add a player of Aleshia’s caliber to our roster,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s displayed her talent on both sides of the ball and we’re looking forward to seeing her two-way play translate to the professional level.”

During the 2018 season, Ocasio amassed a 23-7 mark in the circle with a 1.45 ERA to build off a stellar junior campaign in which she went 20-1 with a 0.70 ERA. The St. Cloud, Florida, product also recorded five home runs, drove in 36 runs and went 5-for-5 in stolen bases.

In addition to her career at Florida, Ocasio has enjoyed a taste of the international softball scene, as well. She suited up for the Puerto Rican national club in 2015 and helped guide the team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.

Ocasio becomes the third player from Florida to play for Bandits, joining Kristen Butler (2012-14) and Taylore Fuller (2017).

For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to purchase tickets to any remaining home game during the 2018 season, 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 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 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 has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.

Photo credit: UAA Communications/Jim Burgess

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