ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 11, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have re-signed outfielder Emily Crane to a one-year deal ahead of the 2018 season, team officials announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Crane, who was acquired by the Bandits on Jan. 27, 2017 as part of a four-player trade with the Scrap Yard Dawgs, enjoyed a successful first year in Chicago. The former second round selection ranked among team leaders in numerous offensive categories, including home runs (6), slugging percentage (.518) and stolen bases (5).
“I am so excited to be back with my Banditas,” Crane said. “I had such a great time last year and I’m pumped to get back on the field and play for Chicago. I’ve set more goals and I’m ready to break them.”
Crane built off a successful rookie campaign in which delivered seven extra-base hits and swiped a team-high 11 bases for the Dawgs. She made her professional debut on June 10, 2016 against the USSSA Pride.
“We’ve been impressed with Emily’s talent level and competitive drive,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She was an important piece to our lineup last season and we’re looking forward to seeing her continue to grow at this level.”
After batting .429 with a pair of RBI and four runs scored during the 2016 NPF Championship Series, Crane reached base once during the 2017 postseason, reaching via a walk in a game two loss against the league-leading USSSA Pride.
A standout at the University of Missouri, Crane became the third player in program history to be named a First Team All-American, accomplishing the honor in her senior campaign (2016) after batting .404 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI. The Tigers featured a notable draft class that same year, which included shortstop Akron Racers shortstop, Sami Fagan (No. 4 overall selection), Crane (No. 7) and Texas Charge outfielder Taylor Gadbois (No. 15).
Crane marks the third Bandits outfielder to re-sign with the team for the 2018 season, joining Brenna Moss and Sammy Marshall.
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.