Rosemont, IL (January 17, 2020) – Chicago Bandits outfielder Jessie Scroggins has announced her retirement from professional softball.
“The love and energy that Jessie has for the game will be hard to replace,” Bandits GM Toni Calmeyn said. “We will miss her in Rosemont and wish her the best for what her future holds.”
Scroggins was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2018 NPF Draft out of Baylor University. In her career as a Bear, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year posted two consecutive 70-plus hit seasons proving to be a valuable asset both on the field and at the plate.
Her success didn’t stop at the collegiate level. In her rookie season, Scroggins earned 805Stats Rookie of the Year with 47 hits, and 18 RBI, good for a .412 batting average and a .570 slugging percentage, breaking the single-season record for batting average by a rookie. In a 21-0 route of the Beijing Eagles, Scroggins had a spectacular 5-hit outing, including 3 doubles.
“The Chicago Bandits gave me a chance to play softball beyond the college realm. I am forever grateful for the opportunity and experience. To the Bandit staff and Bandit Nation: thank you so much for the continuous love and support,” Scroggins said. “It has been such a fun journey and being a Bandit has been a blast. I hope many players get to experience being a Bandit. Thank you again Bandit Nation, it’s been real!”
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 California Commotion. 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.