The JohngysBeat.com continuing coverage of the Chicago Bandits puts pitcher Lacey Waldrop in the spotlight today. The second year pitcher is a unique player and person.
Lacey had an outstanding career at Florida State University where she piled up honors. She was a 4x All-ACC performer, a 2x ACC Pitcher of the Year and a 3x NFCA All-American selection. She was named the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year. She finished her career holding the FSU career mark for wins (109) while ranking in the top five in appearances (170), strikeouts (917) and saves (7) on the way to becoming the first player in FSU history to be drafted into the NPF.
In her rookie season, she went 3-5 with a 3.42 ERA. That ERA deserved a better record, but Lacey's value isn't based on W/L record. She is a talented young pitcher who has a bright future.The true essence of Lacey goes well beyond the stats though. She wears #13 to prove to others that it is not unlucky. She smiles, while not losing one bit of her competitiveness. She is not your average pitcher.
I talked to Lacey about her frame of mind which lead to her gaining the smile without losing the passion. We also talked about her appearance on a billboard, which resulted in an even more interesting photo. Lacey also talked about adjustments from college and her first season.
Lacey is a real pleasure to watch and know. As I wrote earlier, she is a unique individual, yet she fits in perfectly with the Bandits.
Head over to ChicagoBandits.com to learn more about Lacey and the Bandits. Also, be sure to return here for our continuing coverage of the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch champs!