Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 27, 2016 – The Chicago Bandits announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with outfielder and reigning NPF Offensive Player of the Year, Brittany Cervantes, for the upcoming 2016 season.
The 2016 season marks her fifth as a member of the Bandits after she originally joined the organization by way of open tryouts during the 2012 season.
During her time with the Bandits, Cervantes has been called up on to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield before becoming the everyday first basemen in 2014. Cervantes began last season at first base before eventually finishing the season splitting time as the team’s right fielder and designated player.
“Cerv had one of the most impressive offensive seasons in NPF history and we’re beyond excited to have her back in a Bandits uniform for her fifth season,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.  “She began her career as an undrafted free agent and has continued to work extremely hard on her game to become the league’s offensive player of the year.
“Our lineup continues to evolve and take shape with the addition of Brittany.  She provides some big-time pop and protection for the speed in our lineup.”
The Newhall, Calif. native enjoyed her finest professional season to date in 2015 as she set career highs in batting average (.358), runs scored (26), hits (38), doubles (6), slugging percentage (.670) and on-base percentage (.507). Her numbers at the plate earned her Offensive Player of the Year honors at the annual NPF Awards Banquet.
“I want to thank Bill and Aaron for continuing to give me the opportunity to play,” said Cervantes. “Last summer was one I will never forget and I can’t wait to get back out there and compete for another championship with my family in orange and black.”
For her career, Cervantes has slugged 29 homeruns and driven in 88.  She also owns a career batting average of .265.
Cervantes, 25, recently signed with Team Toda of the Japan Softball League. She will play overseas before returning to the Bandits this summer.
The defense of the Cowles Cup beings on Thursday, June 2 when the Bandits host the Scrap Yard Dawgs at the Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2016 home opener. Single game tickets for all 2016 home games, including the home opener, will go on sale Monday, February 8 at 10 a.m.
 Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits 12th in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.
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