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Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

March 15, 2018 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Chicago Bandits News Release

ROSEMONT, Ill. - 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 or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

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