Once again, I am featuring a Chicago Bandit with a fan, who happens to be her dad. Proud Pop Jim Turnier was often seen at the ballpark in Rosemont.
Shelby is a fine young pitcher, who starred for the University of Central Florida before being drafted by the Chicago Bandits in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch draft. In her rookie season, she went 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA. She shined in the playoffs, pitching 10 innings of scoreless ball.
In 2017, Shelby's stats were a bit deceiving. She went 2-6 with 2 saves, but an ERA of 3.99. She had 52 strike outs in 61.1 innings pitched. In other words, she pitched better than her record would indicate.
I have high hopes for the future of this young pitcher. She has the talent and the mindset to do great things in the NPF. I look forward to watching her develop.
Her father has seen her develop from birth and is obviously very proud of her. It's always fun seeing parents at the ball games. These players deserve the love and support from all the fans, not just their family, but the families are a huge source of strength for them.
I look forward to seeing Shelby pitch again next season. I also look forward to seeing Jim Turnier at the ballpark next season.
Shelby and Jim Turnier in Rosemont, IL-June 2016.