Rachel played in 93 games over two seasons for the University of Hawaii. She led the team with 6 homers in her second season, while also driving in 23 runs. She also batted an incredible .750 with the bases loaded.
In addition to playing for Hawaii, Rachel has accomplished quite a lot in softball on the international level. She represented Australia at the Under 19 level in Canada in 2013 and played on the Aussie Spirit team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Series, where she hit a grand slam (again, coming up clutch with the bases loaded). She also played in the Japan Cup.
Rachel signed with the Bandits during the last NPF offseason. Like a lot of the first year players, Rachel has had limited playing time.
We talked to Rachel about the differences between softball in Australia and the NPF, her versatility and other fun softball stuff. She also talked about her work with the Zambi Wildlife Retreat. Rachel is another example of the elite athletes in the NPF making a difference in the world on and off the field.
We really appreciate the continued hospitality of the Bandits in allowing us the access to do what we love. We also appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the Australian community. Finally, thanks to Rachel for her time and consideration.
There are still several games left and the Bandits are fighting for a playoff spot. Head to ChicagoBandits.com for scheduling info and other news. Keep coming to Johngy's Beat for our continuing coverage of the Bandits!