Bancroft Bandits trio turn pro

Scott Ludwig

Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League leaders Bancroft Bandits will be three pitchers short when they resume action this week after a trio signed professional contracts.

Right hander Nile Ball will be making the jump from collegiate summer ball in northern Iowa to Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. While its just a 150-mile trip to Sioux City, the level of competition be a step up as the AAIPB is considered by most as “high” independent league.

The 22-year old Ball will take the place of pitcher Jason Garcia who had his contract purchased from Sioux City by the Tampa Rays organization. He played his 2019 college season at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

His summer teammate, lefty Ryan Byrd, is also is on the move – to Belgium. He will suit up for the Mont Saint-Guibert Phoenix of the top league in the country. Byrd is a 2019 graduate of Southern Illinois University Evansville.

One day after the Bandits announced that two members of their pitching staff had turned pro the team announced another promotion. Nico Mayoral signed a professional contract with the High Desert Yardbirds of the Pecos League.

Mayoral spent the past two years at Point University (NAIA) in Georgia.


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