Rosemont, Ill. (January 21, 2020) – The Chicago Bandits and outfielder Morgan Zerkle have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2020 NPF season, team officials announced Tuesday morning.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add a skill set like Morgan’s to our ball club,” Bandits GM Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s proven to be an incredible asset at both the collegiate and professional level, and we can’t wait to see what she does this summer.”

Zerkle was selected by the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2017 NPF Draft after an illustrious career at Marshall University. The 2017 NFCA All-American, Senior CLASS All-American and Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, finished her collegiate career tied or owning five of the longest streaks in MU Softball history, and has quite the showing in the record books.

She solely holds the record in batting average (.451), triples (14) and stolen bases (162), and reached second all-time in slugging percentage (.594), on-base percentage (.489), runs (181), hits (289) and total bases (381).

Zerkle was named the 2017 Conference USA Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, in addition to being a four-time All-Conference and NFCA All-Region selection.

“It is an awesome opportunity to become a Bandit and continue my professional softball career in Chicago,” Zerkle said. “I am excited for an incredible summer working with great coaches and teammates!”

Zerkle will joining the four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2020 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 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.

release credit:  Ria Dockerty

photo:  National Pro Fastpitch

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