Jenna Lilley recently announced her retirement from National Pro Fastpitch. It's sad to see her leave, especially after only one season with the Chicago Bandits.
Jenna was a standout player at the University of Oregon. She collected 22 hits in 236 games, for a career average of .346. She racked up a lot of awards and honors during her time with the Ducks. She also played for USA Softball’s Women’s National Team during the summer of 2017.
When her collegiate career ended, Jenna was elected by the Cleveland Comets 22nd overall in the fourth round of the 2018 NPF Draft. After one season in Cleveland, Jenna was traded to the Bandits. She battled back from a leg injury and made her debut with the Bandits on July 4. Overall, she had 11 hits for a .275 average with the Bandits.
Bandit Nation loves their Bandits. Despite Jenna only playing one season here and only a limited amount of games, the fans have embraced Jenna and she returned the love.
While I am always sad to see players leave, it is good to see them go out on their own terms. Jenna has done some coaching in her native Ohio and I am sure she will do more of that in her future. Whatever she does, I wish her a lifetime of success.
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Jenna Lilley and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2019.