ROSEMONT, Ill. (November 4, 2019) – The Chicago Bandits and catcher Gwen Svekis have reached an agreement on a 1-year contract extension, team officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
Svekis dominated both at and behind the plate during the 2019 season. In 40 games played, she posted 7 home runs and 24 RBI, good for a .274 batting average. Behind the plate, she had 149 put-outs on 160 chances, and had a part in 4 double plays.
“Gwen was a force to be reckoned with last summer and we couldn’t be happier to see more of that next season,” said General Manager Toni Calmeyn. “She’s got the attitude this ball club needs, both on and off the field. We’re excited to have more of that next summer.” Because of her accomplishments on the field, Svekis was one of eight Bandits to earn All-NPF honors.
“I’m humbled and eager to continue my career as a Bandit,” Svekis said in a statement. “I’m excited about the future of fastpitch in the United States and love being a part of the best professional organization in the country!”
When she’s not with the Bandits, Svekis works as the Graduate Student Manager for the Indiana University Hoosiers softball team. She can also be found on social media doing the occasional headstand, flipping perfect pancakes, and hanging out with her cat, Zeus.
Article By: Ria Dockerty
Photo by: Brandon Randall
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 15th 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 Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex 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, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
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 Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.