ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have agreed to a three-year contract extension with outfielder Sammy Marshall, team officials announced Tuesday.
Marshall, entering her fourth season at the professional level, set career marks in a number of offensive categories during the 2017 season. The former Western Illinois standout batted .322 with a pair of home runs, 11 RBI and swiped nine bases to remain a potent threat in numerous aspects of the game.
“Sammy has been an important piece of our roster for the past three seasons and we’re thrilled to have her on board for another three,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She has been a tremendous role model for aspiring female athletes and we’re looking forward to seeing her contribute on and off the field in Chicago.”
The Bandits selected Marshall 18th overall in the fourth round of the 2015 NPF Draft and the Naperville native made her professional debut with the franchise against the Pennsylvania Rebellion on May 29, 2015.
Marshall captured the NPF’s coveted Rally Spikes Award, presented by 3n2 Sports, during the 2016 season after pacing the league with 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts. She recorded her first career home run, an inside-the-park homer, against the Beijing Shougang Eagles, on June 7, 2017.
In addition to her play on the field, Marshall helped design an alternate “electric blue” jersey for the Bandits during the 2016 offseason.
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.
About Chicago Bandits
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, 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 Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.