Infielder/Pitcher, Chicago Bandits, NPF
Allyson "Ally" Carda is a pitcher/infielder for the Chicago Bandits in the NPF league. Her first season with the Bandits, Carda was previously with the Texas Charge (now-defunct), where she displayed her dual-threat abilities—controlling the circle with a 1.52 ERA, with 28 strikeouts, while also maintaining a respectable .375 OBP at the plate. She also was selected to the 2018 Japan Series All-Star Series roster.
When Ally isn't playing professionally, or internationally, she serves as an assistant coach for the Cal Poly Mustangs, where she is entering her third year. During her time with the squad, the team's pitching staff has been a juggernaut, finishing the 2016 and 2017 tops in ERA in the Big West Conference.
A member of the US Women's National Team since 2015, Ally quickly made a name for herself as a standout athlete, earning MVP honors at the 2015 Japan Cup—where she led the US pitching staff with a 0.00 ERA over 14 innings of work. (Yes, that's a ZEE. ROW.) And that was only the beginning of her success.
From 2015 until the present, Carda has been apart of some incredible national teams—as well as the Red, White, and Blue squad that won gold at the 2015 World Cup of Softball (silver in 2016)—and has earned some serious heavy "medal":
- 2015 Silver Medal at the Pan American Games (where Ally hit .333) 2016 Gold Medal at the WBSC Women's World Championship (where she not only hit a home run and had three RBI, but also posted a 0.00 ERA over 6.1 innings!)
- 2017 Gold Medal at the Pan American Games (2.15 ERA with a 3-1 record)
Her accolades, as you might imagine, weren't something new in the international softball world either. At the 2010 18-Under Pan American Games, Ally helped the US team take the gold medal. The following year, at the 2011 WBSC Junior Women's World Championship, she was nothing short of a softball fable, hitting .500 with eight runs scored and seven RBI, while also striking out 23 on the way to the gold.
Ally began her collegiate career at UCLA in 2012, where she earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Freshman team. Over the next several years, the success would only grow, and she ended up in some pretty impressive company. The two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year finished her incredible career with the Bruins third in innings pitched (787.1), third in wins (100), and UCLA's all-time leader in appearances (178). She made it clear that her talent on the softball field was not only limited to pitching though. From the plate, she finished second in walks (142), top 10 in slugging (.615), home runs (43), and RBI (180).
By the time she said goodbye to Bruin country, she was an NFCA First Team, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Pac-12 Defensive Team (Honorable Mention), a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award (2014) AND a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year (2015). To top it all off, she made it to the final ten ladies for the Senior CLASS Award.
(With all those awards, it's a good thing one of Ally's likes is "Rearranging her room!")
A native of Elk Grove, California, Carda likes the outdoors—the beach, paddle boarding, and hiking—and is a fan of cookies and cream milkshakes and dancing.