ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 2, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to a two-year contract extension with left-handed pitcher Haylie Wagner, team officials announced on Monday afternoon.
Wagner, in her inaugural season with the Bandits, amassed a team-high 11 wins during the 2017 campaign. The three-year veteran and former Pennsylvania Rebellion hurler logged 90.1 innings in the circle through 30 appearances (13 starts) and earned three saves.
“I am so excited to be a part of the Bandits organization again,” Wagner said. “I can’t thank everyone involved enough for picking me up last year and to let me continue my NPF career.”
After the Rebellion franchise folded following the conclusion of the 2016 season, Wagner signed with the Bandits as a free agent on Jan. 30, 2017.
“Haylie was an important piece of our pitching staff last season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s proven herself at the game’s highest level and we’re excited to see her continued development in the circle.”
A southpaw from the University of Michigan, Wagner sports an 18-15 overall mark over nearly 200 innings of work in her three seasons at the professional ranks. The 2012 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year made her Bandits debut on June 1, 2017, picking up the win in a relief effort against the Akron Racers.
Wagner recorded five consecutive wins to begin the 2017 season before suffering her first loss in a 3-0 defeat against the USSSA Pride on June 11 She later flirted with a perfect game bid, not surrendering a baserunner until the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the Beijing Shougang Eagles on July 18.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.