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The softball world and Bandit Nation was stunned on Saturday, December 15, when the Chicago Bandits announced a trade. Sammy Marshall, Shelby Turnier and Emily Carosone had been traded to the Cleveland Comets for Jenna Willey, cash and a draft pick.
Like most softball fans, I never saw this coming. I had noticed that Sammy and Shelby had started a new company with former teammate Kristen Brown. Sammy and Shelby had only recently been announced as the trainers at the newly created Bandit Academy. Despite that situation, I never thought either of them (or Emily) would be traded.
I thought Sammy was a lifer with the organization. She grew up in Naperville, starred at Western Illinois, was a drafted by the Bandits and grew into a star. She also was a team leader on and off the field. Her family was present at every game and function. It seemed like the perfect situation.
A native of Florida, Shelby was drafted by the Bandits and asserted herself as one of the best pitchers in the NPF last season. Her gritty and unexpectedly fantastic performance in the playoffs earned her legend status. Her parents were frequent visitors at the park, despite still living in Florida.
Not to be lost in all of this is Emily. Also a Florida native, Emily starred at Auburn, before being drafted by the Bandits. She was among the league leaders in several categories, while playing a solid 2nd base. Like the others, Emily's family supported her and the team.
There you have three great players and that is not just an adjective I tossed lightly. Sammy, Shelby and Emily are premiere players. In addition to that, they are class acts on and off the field.
I have had many chats and interviews with these three and I was always impressed with their maturity. Fortunately, I told them and their parents the same thing many times. This isn't hindsight. I always spoke highly of these three.
I feel bad for Jenna, too. She didn't ask to be traded. She is in the middle of a shocking trade. Fortunately, I know Bandit Nation will embrace her quickly as one of their own.
What caused this trade? How could this trade be good for the Bandits? How has Bandit Nation reacted and how will they continue to respond?
Eric Lopez of Fastpitch News invited me on the In the Circle podcast to address these questions and to talk about the players involved. That podcast can be found at Rachel Lawson, Rule Changes, Kentucky Softball and NPF Trade News.
I understand trades and departures are part of sports. Michael Jordan left the Bulls. Monica Abbott left the Bandits. Those were choices by the players though. This trade seems unwanted by all except the management of both teams.
With all of that being as is, the Bandits will go on. As stated, Monica left and the Bandits still won a championship. The Bandits have plenty of talented players and someone will step up on and off the field. As fans and even as a beat reporter, we don't know everything involved. Whatever the reasons, the Bandits' management felt this trade was needed. We might not like it, but we must accept it.
GM Toni Calmeyn has done a fine job with this team. She took over when things looked bleak. She has led the effort to promote the team. She is at every game, facing the fans and I expect she will continue to do so.
As fans, we cheer for the team. We will always love Sammy, Shelby and Emily, just like we love Monica, Taylor Edwards, Brittany Cervantes, Amanda Kamekona, Megan Wiggins and all of the other Bandits who have gone elsewhere to play for whatever reason. Bandit Nation has a unique relationship with players, past and present (as I also discuss on the podcast). I am sure Sammy, Shelby and Emily will get a warm reception whenever they play in Rosemont. In the end though, we will still be cheering for the Bandits.
I was already looking forward to the season, but now it got just a bit more interesting. Go to casinoextra.fr for more info and news on the team. You can also check here, as I will once again be covering the Bandits.
Thank you to Sammy, Shelby and Emily for all they did here. Thanks for their friendship and for always having time to talk in and out of interviews. Thanks to them and their families for the support over the years. Good luck with the Comets. Merry Christmas Comets fans. Enjoy these three gifts!
Emily Carosone, Sammy Marshall, Shelby Turnier and me in Rosemont, IL-Summer
Sammy Marshall Is The Fastest Woman In Professional Softball
Sammy Marshall isn't worried about her batting average. That's because the Cleveland Comets' center fielder and five-year National Pro Fastpitch veteran has the wisdom to know that plenty of other metrics define how valuable she is to her team. Instead, Marshall chooses to focus on her ability to get on base, by any means necessary, which allows her to do her primary job—stealing bases—better than anyone else in professional softball.
"Batting average is typically the metric people look at, but I think one of the most important metrics is on-base percentage, which I care more about," Marshall told Softball America in a phone interview. "I always want to put myself a base hit away from scoring."
Regardless of her current batting average, Marshall has tallied 14 stolen bases through 18 NPF contests so far in , which is just one short of her league-leading 15 swipes in 45 games last season. Her mere presence on first base this year, regardless of how she gets there, is practically as good as if she had smoked a double off of the outfield wall.
"Honestly, last year I had way more extra-base hits, which limited the times I could steal second," said Marshall, who was an All-NPF selection last season. "I’ve hit a lot more singles this year, so I’ve had more opportunities to steal bases."
After four years with the Chicago Bandits, and a career campaign in that saw her score 30 runs and knock in another 26 to go along with her 15 stolen bases, Marshall was traded to the Comets in the offseason. Admittedly, she is still getting accustomed to the day-to-day operations of her new team.
"It has taken a little bit of adjusting," said the year-old. "But being exposed to new and different game plans is always good, especially for someone like me who also coaches."
Marshall, who graduated from Western Illinois University in , spent the last college softball season as the head coach at Judson University of the NAIA. Before that, she was a graduate assistant coach for two years at D-II Saint Leo University, from where she earned a master's degree in sports business administration this past spring. Her time spent as a business student, as well as a professional athlete and college coach, inspired her to create her own Chicago-based softball instructional company called Delta Performance, which she started last year with her former Bandits teammates, Shelby Turnier and Kristen Brown.
"We wanted to impact the game of softball outside of coaching it at the collegiate level. We can give lessons to 50 different girls in two weeks," said Marshall, a two-time Cowles Cup champion with the Bandits. "Our role is to be game-changers. We want to empower young women through softball and give them the tools to compete at a high level."
Even though Marshall has demonstrated throughout her five NPF seasons that she has all the tools to both compete and succeed at the highest level in softball, she knows that more time spent training and practicing in the offseason can help take her game, and her speed, to the next level. That's why she has chosen to step away from college coaching for at least the – season.
“Finding time to train this past year was difficult," said Marshall, who simultaneously coached college ball, gave lessons four nights a week for Delta Performance and took a full course load to finish her master's degree. “I’m hoping this next offseason will give me more time to train by not being a college coach. In 10 years, I can be a college coach, but I won’t always be able to be a professional softball player."
With that mindset, Marshall is firmly focused on finishing the NPF season strong and helping her Comets, who currently sit in fourth place in the league's standings, win softball games.
"I'm just going to keep doing everything I can to get on first base so that I can help my team by eventually putting myself in scoring position," Marshall said. "I think baserunning wins games."
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Coming off her best season in the National Pro Fastpitch League, Sammy Marshall will return to the Chicago Bandits in after agreeing to 1-year extension announced on Monday.
Marshall batted a career-high with a pair of home runs and 11 RBIs along with nine steals in 11 attempts on her way to earning All-NPF honors.
“Joining the Bandit family in was a dream come true, and I couldn’t be happier to sign for my fourth season,” Marshall said in Bandits press release. “Being a part of the Bandit culture is truly something special, and I’m looking forward to bringing the Cowles Cup back to Chicago.”
Marshall has been part of the Bandits NPF Championships in and after being drafted in NPF Draft by the Bandits coming out of Western Illinois.
Sammy is the epitome of Chicago Bandits culture, said Bandits pitcher Shelby Turnier who played with Marshall for two seasons. Turnier told me that Her passion for the game are what make her an amazing leader and someone that we all strive to be like.
Marshall currently is beginning her second season as an assistant coach at Division two St Leo in the Sunshine State conference.
Sammy Marshall is the type of coach that a program doesn’t just want, but instead absolutely needs, said the former St. Leo All-American and Sunshine State conference pitcher of the year Stephanie Adkins who I spoke with Monday night on the impact Marshall had on the program this past season. She’s vibrant, energetic, and pushes girls to reach levels they may have never thought were attainable.
Marshall helped St. Leo win the Sunshine State Conference regular-season championship in and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where St. Leo got to host a NCAA Tournament regional.
As an athlete at Saint Leo, playing under Coach Marshall was an absolute honor. She has so much game knowledge just from being an active player in the NPF that it strengthens so many aspects of Saint Leo’s game. Our slappers and outfielders have made huge strides since she has joined the staff. Even as a pitcher, I learned so much just from having her around because she truly has a wealth of knowledge about the game.
When Marshall returns for her fourth season with the Bandits, she will be playing for her third different head coach. Marshall played for Mike Steuerwald from and Following season. Steuerwald stepped down to become assistant general manager of the Scrap Yard Dawgs and was replaced by Sharonda McDonald for the season. In Marshall will play for Stacey Nuveman-Deniz which was announced last week is replacing McDonald as Head Coach of Bandits.
One thing is for sure is despite new coaches, Marshall brings what Bandits fans players represent as one of the leaders of the franchise.
Shes the kind of person you want to fight for that exactly the type of teammate I want to play with, said Turnier. I cant picture a Chicago Bandits team without Sammy Marshall on the roster.
You can listen to interview I had with Sammy Marshall back in January talk about why she went into coaching at St Leo as well as her journey to the Chicago Bandits right here.
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By Matt Le Cren
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Sammy Marshall is one of the best softball players in the world, but she began her athletic career as a baseball player.
The Naperville native played in the Naperville Little League for four seasons before switching to softball when she was twelve. That’s also when she began following the Chicago Bandits, the local pro softball team she now plays for.
“It is every athlete’s dream to one day be able to put a professional jersey on and represent your city,” Marshall says. “Growing up in Naperville, I watched the Bandits from when I was twelve years old, so not only is it an honor to wear the Bandits jersey, but it’s a dream come true.”
Marshall, who turned twenty-four in July, was an All-State softball player at Naperville North High School before starring at Western Illinois University. The speedy outfielder was a four-time All-Summit League selection for the Leathernecks and graduated with school career records for stolen bases (), runs scored () and batting average ().
Marshall was drafted eighteenth overall by the Bandits in , fulfilling a dream she only recently even dared to imagine. “It honestly didn’t become a thought in my mind until senior year of college,” Marshall says. “Going to a smaller mid-major college, you don’t get all of the hoopla that all the Big Ten, SEC and Pac 10 schools get. So I was just doing my job every day to the best of my ability, and luckily one of the coaches was watching a tournament in the (Rosemont) dome and saw me play and that’s when they became interested.”
Despite not attending a big-name college, Marshall is the first Naperville product to play in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the six-team league the Bandits play in. “I’ve had so many coaches and people in my corner helping me throughout my career that to name them all, your article would be pages long,” Marshall says. “I wish I could give all of them their due, because they deserve it. Naperville is a great softball community. I [faced] some of the best softball players around. It helped me prepare myself for the next level.”
Marshall is thriving in the professional league. She is the starting center fielder for the Bandits, who are the two-time defending NPF champions. Last year she batted and led the league with sixteen stolen bases in eighteen attempts.
“I want to play until I’m sixty-five, but whether my legs keep up with me or not is another story,” Marshall laughs. “I hopefully have a nice long career ahead of me, but I’d like to play for as long as I physically can.”
All NPF players are required to have college degrees and work in the off-season. Marshall, an assistant coach at
St. Leo College in Florida, aspires to coach full-time after her playing career is over. She also wants to help the NPF expand and grow the sport in general.
“Some of the best talent in the whole world is on this field right now and people don’t know it exists, so we need to do a better job of marketing ourselves,” Marshall says. “Everyone thinks that after college the only thing you have left is Team USA. That’s not the case.”
Marshall is thankful for being able to play in front of her parents, Kathy and David, who are Bandits season ticket holders. “Playing for the team I grew up watching is literally my dream come true,” Marshall says. “Every day I get to put this [uniform] on I am unbelievably blessed that I get to do it.”
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