On This edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talks to 2-time NPF Champion of Chicago Bandits Sammy Marshall who beginning her first season as Graduate Assistant Coach at St Leo.
Among the topics Marshall discusses in the interview include:
- Getting into Coaching at Saint Leo.
- Adjusting from playing into coaching
- Saint Leo’s 2017 outlook
- Winning two NPF Championship seasons with Bandits but in different way.
- Comparing 2015 championship versus 2016 championship
- Going from rookie on team in 2015 to one of veterans in 2016
- Impact of Pitcher Angel Bunner had on Bandits after joining team during 2016 season.
- Impact Shelby Turnier made on Bandits
- Playing in the Bandits-Pride rivalry
- What it was like getting drafted 18th overall in 2015 NPF Draft by team she grew up watching?
Marshall was selected 18th overall in the 2015 NPF Draft by the Bandits out of Western Illinois. Among the accomplishments Marshall had at Western Illinois included.
- Becoming just the third player from WIU to ever be drafted to play professionally
- Owns program and Summit League records in stolen bases (134) and runs scored (168)
- Broke WIU and conference record for career batting average (.456), also ranking in the top 10 in NCAA history
- 2x Summit League Player of the Year
- 4x All-Summit League First Team selection
Marshall would help a Veteran Bandits team that included Monica Abbott, Amber Patton, and Tammy Williams knock off the then two-time defending NPF Champions USSSA Pride in 2015 NPC Championship.
Below is Victor Anderson’s outlook on Saint Leo’s 2017 season.
2016 saw the Lions have one of the most dominant seasons in school history as they started 37-1 in route to their second Sunshine State Conference championship in four years. However, the ending will serve as motivation as Saint Leo finished 2-7 in their last nine and fell to eventual National Champion North Alabama in the South 1 Regional. This year, the Lions are the heavy favorite to repeat as SSC champions under Head Coach Erin Kinberger. In her first two seasons, she already has the highest winning percentage (.796) in program history. The majority of last year’s roster returns including Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year Stephanie Adkins and Player of the Year Rachel Heath. They will look for a little payback for the only team who beat them in a conference series last year; Rollins. They close the season with the Tars at home on April 27th and 28th.
Did You Know: Saint Leo went an incredible 48-1 in a 49 game stretch that dated back to the 2015 season which saw them win 11 in a row to close the season.