By: Jason Lowenthal
Former Bandit infielder Laura Harms will compete alongside the 2017 Women’s Slow Pitch National Team this summer at the Border Battle IX.
The WSPNT, the inaugural team of its stature, is set to face their Canadian counterparts from June 30 to July 2, 2017.
“To be able to represent your country while doing something you love is the greatest honor of all,” Harms said in a release from USA Softball. “I am so grateful to be surrounded by an amazing group of teammates, coaches and people that have made all of this possible. I can’t wait to wear the red, white and blue.”
Harms, who ended her professional playing career with the Bandits following the 2009 season, is one of 15 members comprising the WSPNT roster. At The Ballpark at Rosemont, her No. 6 is retired alongside Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Vicky Galindo.
The full schedule of events for the Border Battle IX will be announced at a later date, according to USA Softball. Tickets for all sessions can be purchased at USASoftball.com.
The Chicago Bandits open up their two-time defense of the Cowles Cup on June 1 against the Akron Racers. For more information or to purchase tickets for the upcoming season or individual games, please contact the box office at 877-722-6348.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.
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.