Shelby Turnier was a star on the mound at Central Florida. The Chicago Bandits selected her with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NPF draft.
She went 5-4 in her rookie season and followed it with 2-6 in her second year. Although her stats didn't show it, there were plenty of signs that Shelby was on the rise.
It all came together this season. Shelby went 5-0 with an ERA of 1.12. Those are numbers of staff aces.
There was talk all season that Shelby was among the elite pitchers in the NPF. At the end of the season, those talks turned to truth as she was named to the All NPF team.
I am so happy for Shelby and her parents, who make several trips from Florida to see her pitch. She is a mature young lady and a real fan favorite.
I had the pleasure of interviewing her earlier this season. My interview can be found at On the Beat With Shelby Turnier of the ChicagoBandits 2018.
For more info on Shelby and the Bandits, check out ChicagoBandits.com. Also, check TheBanditAcademy.com for info on softball instruction by Shelby, Sammy Marshall and others. Check, Johngy's Beat, too, for recurring coverage of the Bandits.
Shelby Turnier and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2018.