ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have come to terms with southpaw Haylie Wagner on a 1-year deal, the club announced Friday afternoon.
The former University of Michigan Wolverine started her professional career with the Pennsylvania Rebellion (NPF 2013-2017). She made 41 starts for the Rebellion and served as one of the team’s most-utilized arms. Wagner joined the Bandits as a free agent following the Rebellion’s dissolution in January 2017, signing a two-year contract extension on Oct. 2, 2017.
“Haylie’s character on and off the field demonstrates exactly what it means to be a Bandit,” General Manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We couldn’t be happier to have her back in the circle for this ball club.”
In her three seasons with the Bandits, Wagner has earned a team-high 25 wins. She’s struck out 107 batters, and has a career 2.13 ERA in regular season play for Chicago. Wagner took the circle in postseason play for the first time this last summer in relief of Rachele Fico after facing the final batter of her career.
“I could not be more excited to be spending my 6th NPF season with the Bandits!” said Wagner in a statement. “The Bandits organization has been nothing but amazing, and I am excited to get back to Rosemont to compete in the orange and black again!”
Wagner doesn’t leave softball in Rosemont at season’s end — she’s currently serving as Graduate Softball Manager for her alma mater.
The four-time champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2020 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits, the NPF’s new schedule format, or to reserve 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 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 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 Peppers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, California Softball Commotion, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, and Cleveland Comets. Three complete competing teams will represent their respective countries in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Those teams are Softball Australia, Softball Canada, and Team Mexico, who participate in the NPF as Aussie Peppers, Canadian Wild and Cleveland Comets. 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.
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