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Butler back behind the plate for Bandits in 2013

By: Jacquie Boatman
Photo by Dina Kwit

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced the re-signing of catcher Kristen Butler for the 2013 season. This will be Butler’s second year in a Bandits uniform.

“We are happy to have Kristen back with us for the 2013 season,” stated Moore.  “She came in after missing a couple of seasons and was able to produce like she had before.

“Kristen provides some much-needed pop from the right side of the plate for us and she also brings a nice veteran presence.  We’re looking for her to at least duplicate what she did in 2012.  If she does that, our lineup will continue to get stronger.”

Prior to signing with the Bandits for the 2012 season, Butler spent four seasons as a member of the Akron Racers (2006-2009). She enjoyed her best professional season in 2008, hitting 10 home runs while finishing second in the league with 24 RBIs and fourth with a .317 batting average and earning a spot on the All-NPF Team.

"I am so excited to be a part of the 2013 Bandits,” said Butler. “I love this team, coaches, and administration. The Chicago Bandit fans accepted me so warmly last year and I can’t wait to reconnect with them again this summer. "

Butler led the Bandits last season in RBIs with 31 and finished second on the team in home runs with seven.

Butler is currently serving as an assistant coach Charleston Southern University softball team in North Charleston, S.C.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to inquire about becoming a season ticket holder for 2013, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.

About the Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in the Chicagoland area, 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 and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team.

About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.

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