ROSEMONT – Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today that the team has re-signed both Brittany Cervantes and Jenna Grim for the 2013 season.
In addition to the re-signings of Cervantes and Grim, infielder Amber Patton’s contract has been confirmed. This will be the second year of her two-year signed contract.
Patton had arguably one of her finest professional seasons in 2012 when she finished with a .343 batting average and recorded 16 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Patton has proven that she is not only an offensive leader, but she is also defensive force for the Bandits as well.
Patton tied for the league lead in 2012 with Sharonda McDonald to end the season with 13 stolen bases. Her work on the bases helped her earn the Diamond Spikes Stolen Bases Award presented by Ringor.
Defensively, she recorded 48 put outs, 67 assists and .991 fielding percentage to earn Wilson Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors along with Akron’s Kelley Montalvo and she was also an All-NPF Selection.
“Being able to confirm Amber’s contract for the 2013 season was very important to us,” said Moore. “We knew there were some obstacles there, but we appreciate Pete Parenti from Total Control Sports working with Amber to make this possible.”
“She is a top-tier player in the league and is someone we weren’t ready to replace quite yet.”
After joining the Bandits by way of open tryouts in June of 2012 out of the University of Kentucky, Cervantes showed her versatility during her rookie season. She was called upon to play multiple positions, in both the infield and outfield, and she finished her rookie season with a .160 batting average. Cervantes connected for two home runs on the year and drove in seven. Her most notable home run of the season, which was also her first, came on July 16th when she blasted a grand slam against the USSSA Pride.
“My rookie year was an unforgettable experience playing with the top players in the sport of softball,” said Cervantes. “I feel privileged that I am able to return for the 2013 season and am looking forward to another exciting season with the team and our amazing fans.”
“We’re excited about re-signing Jenna and Brittany,” stated Moore. “Both of these players are going to be very important to the success of our team in 2013. Jenna can very easily come in and assume some of the starts left by the retirement of Shannon (Doepking). She’s hungry to contribute and she’s put in her time. Brittany has the athletic ability to play all over the diamond, including some work behind the plate. If Cerv comes in ready to produce and can start off hot, she provides another solid right handed bat.”
Grim (left, photo by Dina Kwit), who attended the team tryout in 2011, will be entering her third season in a Bandits uniform. Grim signed with the Bandits in the middle of the 2011 season after an injury left them short at the catcher position, and she enjoyed a solid rookie season finishing with a .292 batting average including a .417 slugging percentage and three RBIs.
Excited to begin her third season with the Bandits, Grim is anxious to get back on the field.
“It’s an honor to be a part of one of the best organizations in professional sports and I cannot wait to help my team bring another championship to our fans and the Village of Rosemont.”
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or how you can become a 2013 season ticket holder, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at Rosemont Stadium, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.