ROSEMONT, Ill. – November 5, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced that the team has agreed to terms with pitcher Sara Moulton to return to the club for a second season.
In her first season in a professional uniform, Moulton was a top-three pitcher for the Bandits in 2014. She was second on the team in wins with seven and finished with a record of 7-1. She led the ball club in appearances with 18. Moulton tossed 45 innings on the season and allowed just 14 earned runs.
“Bringing back Sara was one of our top priorities this offseason,” said Moore. “She had a very good rookie season and was a big reason for our early success. Sara is a very good down ball pitcher, which fits nicely with the good infield defense we usually have here in Chicago.
“We are expecting Sara to continue to be a top-3 pitcher for our rotation. She’s been working incredibly hard in a lot of areas and we’re excited to have her back for year two in a Bandits uniform.”
Moulton started the season 6-0 and picked up the victory in her first three starts of the season. Her seven victories placed her in a tie for fourth in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF).
Moulton, who competed collegiately at the University of Minnesota, was the Bandits’ second selection in the 2014 NPF Draft and No. 5 selection overall. While at Minnesota, Moulton finished with a career record of 112-50, including a 27-8 record and dazzling 1.97 earned run average as a senior. She was a four-time All-Big Ten Honoree and four-time team Pitcher of the Year.
She finished her Gopher career as the program record holder in wins, appearances (178), innings pitched (1,017), complete games (108), shutouts (47) and strikeouts. Her 27 wins led the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
Although she finished second on the Bandits in wins in 2014, she is working extremely hard to be one of the team leaders in the circle for the Bandits next season.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to re-sign with the Bandits for the 2015 season,” said Moulton. “I look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity by challenging myself as an athlete and playing at the highest level alongside my teammates!
“I can’t wait to get back to Rosemont and to be reunited with Bandit Nation.”
Moulton, 23, recently became the co-owner of Strike Zone Sports in her hometown of Eagan, Minn. In addition to being the co-owner of the business, Moulton is also one of the pitching instructors at the facility. Additional information can be found online at www.strikezonesports.net.
Season ticket and Bandits of Tomorrow packages for the 2015 season are available now by calling the office at (877) 7BANDIT or visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, 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-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) 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 and has been since 2002.