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Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

Rachele Fico

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 15, 2018) — The Chicago Bandits have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Rachele Fico on a one-year contract, team officials announced Thursday.
 
Fico, entering her sixth season at the professional level, spent her first five years with the Akron Racers. The LSU product has logged 316.2 career innings in the circle, amassing 26 wins and six saves.
 
“Rachele is a talented pitcher with a history of success in the NPF,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re looking forward to her continued success in Chicago.”
During her final season with the Racers, Fico made 17 appearances, including 10 starts, and recorded a career-best 3.22 ERA. She tossed three complete games and struck out a team-high 53 batters over the course of the campaign.
 
Fico also added relief efforts in both of Akron’s games against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2017 NPF Championship Series, tossing three innings and fanning three.
 
Initially drafted with the first overall selection in the 2013 Draft, Fico was a two-time NFCA All-American during her time at LSU. The two-time USA Softball Player of the Year finalist made a career-high 23 appearances during her rookie season. She built off her impressive first season by winning 11 games as a second-year pro.
 
A native of Oxford, Connecticut, Fico also serves as an assistant softball coach at Georgia.
 
In a corresponding move, the Bandits released right-handed pitcher Sierra Hyland.
 
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, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
 
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.