As the 2016 season opener for the Chicago Bandits draws closer, I am featuring some of the Bandits here. This is just the beginning of my coverage of the 2016 Bandits.
Emily Allard played college softball at Northwestern, where she holds the Northwestern single-season batting average record (.491) and single-game hits record (5) and tied the Northwestern career stolen base record (118). After an outstanding career at Northwestern, outfielder Emily was drafted 12th overall in the 3rd round of the 2014 NPF Draft by the Bandits.
In her rookie season, she led the Bandits in hits, batting average, runs and on-base percentage,while leading the NPF with 57 hits and 35 runs scored. In her second season, Emily led the team in hits (51) and stolen bases (12) with a perfect fielding percentage and 53 putouts.
Those stats only paint part of the picture. Emily has started a program called "Be The Momentum," with a goal of "Empowering slappers to be catalysts for game-changing moments." Through BeTheMomentum.com and her teaching clinics, Emily is giving back to the softball community. Everyone doesn't have to be a big slugger to be a big part of a softball team. Emily proves that every game and is teaching that to today's youth.
Emily is another of the great young women on the Bandits. She is such a pleasure to know and follow. She is one of the young leaders on the Bandits.
For more info on Emily and the Bandits, check out ChicagoBandits.com. Also, stay tuned here for recurring coverage.
Emily Allard and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2015.