ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have reached a one-year extension with veteran catcher Kristyn Sandberg, team officials announced Friday afternoon.
Sandberg, who compiled 10 home runs and a team-high 31 RBI during an All-NPF campaign in 2018, is set to embark on her eighth season at the professional level. The Island Park, New York, native began her NPF career as a member of the USSSA Pride and has been the backstop with four separate franchises.
“We are excited to welcome Kristyn back for the 2019 season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We know she can bring a lot to the table as both an offensive presence and veteran leader.”
Sandberg initially joined the Bandits as a free agent Nov. 21, 2017, and appeared in 43 regular-season games. The University of Georgia product delivered a standout performance in 2018, including 37 hits and a .727 slugging percentage, both of which ranked among the top three on the club.
Sandberg is set to reach the 300 career games mark during the 2019 season. She currently owns 298 appearances with 43 home runs and 148 RBI.
In addition to her on-field accomplishments, Sandberg participated in a crossover promotion with goaltender Katie Fitzgerald of the National Women’s Hockey League. Sandberg, a recreational hockey player, shot a handful of pucks against Fitzgerald before a game against the USSSA Pride in August in a collaborate effort to promote women’s sports and raise awareness for the SheIs campaign.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 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 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 have 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. 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.