Jenna Lilley recently made her debut for the Chicago Bandits. Part of the big offseason trade, Jenna was unfortunately a bit overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding the players lost.It wasn't fair to Jenna, nor was it the proper way to welcome her to the Bandits.
Several years back, Jenna played club ball for the Beverly Bandits in Illinois. It was a dream of hers to play for the NPF Bandits. After a great collegiate career at Oregon, Jenna joined the Cleveland Comets in 2018. As a rookie, she saw limited action, but hit .275 for the Comets.
The last offseason saw Jenna get traded to the Bandits with Sammy Marshall, Emily Carosone and Shelby Turnier going to Cleveland. Bandit Nation was surprised and a bit angry about losing the players. While it wasn't a reflection on Jenna, she was caught in the storm. Wisely, Jenna steered clear of any controversy and remained a class act. Once the season started and Jenna was introduced the first time, she was warmly greeting by Bandit Nation. As her career progresses, the odd start with the Bandits will be long forgotten. Already now, it isn't even a big deal. In the end, it will be a small bump on a nice career.
Jenna looks to have a bright future. I have had the pleasure of talking to her after some games and she is a personable, dedicated athlete. She already fits in with the Bandits and is fully embraced by the fans.
The Bandits are in the middle of a 10 game homestand, which will end about halfway through the season. There is plenty of great softball action to be played and I encourage everyone to check out the Bandits and Jenna. Go to ChicagoBandits.com for more info on the team.
Jenna Lilley and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2019.