Bandits sign draftee Scroggins to two-year deal

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Photo credit: Baylor Athletics

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have signed outfielder Jessie Scroggins to a two-year contract, team officials announced Friday morning.

Scroggins, a third-round pick in the 2018 NPF Draft out of Baylor, concluded her senior campaign in Waco, Texas, with a .461 batting average to rank fifth in the NCAA.

“We are excited to add a player of Jessie’s caliber to our outfield core,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She excelled in both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game at Baylor and we look forward to seeing her translate her success to the professional level.”

Scroggins earned All-Big 12 First Team distinction in consecutive seasons (2017-18) and added the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award to her resume in 2017. Her single-season mark of 24 multi-hit games as a junior ranks fifth all-time in program history.

Scroggins, a resident of Lakewood, California, helped guide the Bears to a regional championship matchup against nationally seeded Texas A&M in the 2018 NCAA Tournament before falling to the Aggies. During Baylor’s run in the postseason, the lefty batted an astounding .600 across three games with a pair of doubles and four RBI.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2018 season. Opening day is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch May 31 against the Cleveland Comets. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your 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 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 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.

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