We are back "On the Beat" with the National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits and we could not be happier. Today, the Johngy's Beat coverage takes us to newcomer Emily Crane.
Emily had an outstanding career at the University of Missouri. Among other accomplishments, she was only the third player in program history to be named a First Team All-American. She ranks in the Top Ten of several categories for Missouri, including batting average (.404), home runs (17), RBI (61), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.801) and runs scored (64).
The Tigers experienced a lot of success during Emily's four seasons, reaching three Super Regional berths in that period. Other stars included Sami Fagan and Taylor Gadbois. The trio all were selected in the 2016 NPF draft..
For the Scrapyard Dawgs, the speedy outfielder hit .224 in 125 at bats, with 3 home runs, 23 runs scored, 10 rbi's and 11 stolen bases. Also, she only committed one error in 60 chances.
After the 2016 season, Emily was traded with Taylore Fuller to the Bandits for Brittany Cervantes and Taylor Edwards. Chicago fans were understandably upset over losing the popular Cervantes and Edwards, but we also welcome the new arrivals.
Emily joins a crowded outfield for the Bandits. Veterans Emily Allard, Brenna Moss and Sammy Marshall are established players and other newcomers will also be pushing for playing time. I guess you cannot have too much talent.
In our interview, I welcomed Emily and we talked about her transition to pro ball, along with playing against her former teammates and with former opponents. We also talked a bit about her reaction to Chicago and her sightseeing in the area.
I don't know where Emily will fit in the Bandits lineup, but I am quite sure she will get her share of playing time. She is a talented, articulate athlete and Bandit Nation will embrace her and love her. It's going to be fun watching er develop in Chicago.
As always, I thank the Bandits for their hospitality. I also thank Emily for her time and consideration and I wish her luck in her first season here.
Continue to check back here for our recurring coverage of the reigning back-to-back NPF champion Bandits. Also, go to ChicagoBandits.com for more info on this great team.