We were back "On the Beat" with the back-to-back reigning National Pro Fastpitch champion Chicago Bandits and back interviewing players. Today, the Beat brings us to pitcher Shelby Turnier.
Shelby starred at the University of Central Florida, becoming the first All-American in UCF softball history after earning First Team honors in 2015. She was a 3x All-Conference player and she holds the single season UCF ERA mark with an outstanding 0.87.
Shelby was selected by the Bandits in the second round (11th overall) in the 2016 NPF Draft. She is the highest draft pick in UCF history.
In her rookie season with the Bandits, she was a solid 6-4, with a 3.22 ERA. She really shined in the post-season though. Breanna pitched 10 scoreless innings, notching a win and 2 saves. She also pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning in Game 3 to propel the Bandits to their second consecutive NPF title.
This season, Shelby is 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA with 30 strike outs in 31 innings. She has appeared in 14 games, starting 5.
In the interview below, we talked about winning the title in her first season, having her family come to games, her career plans and more. Shelby gave some interesting insight into what she tries to convey to young pitchers.
Thank you to the Bandits for their continued hospitality. Thanks, also, to Shelby for her time and consideration. Check out ChicagoBandits.com for more info on this exciting team.