By: Jason Lowenthal
ROSEMONT – Lexie Elkins has decided to retire from National Pro Fastpitch, Chicago Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn announced Saturday morning.
Elkins, who was selected first overall in the 2016 NPF Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion, signed with the Bandits as a free agent on Jan. 30, 2017 following the folding of the Rebellion franchise.
Out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Elkins started 32 games last season in her rookie campaign. She accumulated a .216 clip at the plate with 15 RBI.
Elkins’ four home runs as a rookie tied for the team-high in that category. She burst onto the scene in her first career at-bat, launching a pinch-hit two-run blast off Dallas’ Jill Compton in a 15-1 win for the Rebellion.
While at Louisiana-Lafayette, Elkins placed her name in the record books in numerous offensive categories. As a junior, the Victoria, Texas native smacked 32 home runs, pacing the NCAA en route to being named a First Team All-American.
She repeated the First Team honors the following season and capped off a stellar career as a Ragin’ Cajun, finishing 12th all-time in NCAA history with 75 career home runs.
During her senior season, Elkins recorded a .509 batting average and earned her third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award.
Elkins cited personal reasons as the basis for her retirement.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to inquire about becoming a season ticket holder for the 2017 season, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th 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 Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch
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.