Bandits sign infielder Cheek for 1-year contract

ROSEMONT, III. – The Chicago Bandits sign University of Kentucky’s infielder Abbey Cheek to a 1-year contract, team officials announced Thursday morning.

Kentucky’s senior third baseman was the 14th overall pick in the third round of the 2019 NPF Draft. Cheek is currently hitting .462, which ranks sixth nationally. Cheek is also fifth nationally in slugging percentage (.957), fourth in walks (48), second in on-base percentage (.622) and 16th in home runs (16).

“Couldn’t be more excited to have a ballplayer like Abbey Cheek join the Bandits,” Bandits head coach Lauren Lappin said. “She is obviously known for her offensive prowess but she is also a complete player who knows how to defend. She is going to do big things in the NPF.”

The South Carolina native led the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA Division I Softball Tournament appearances from 2016 to 2019, as well as attending the Super Regionals from 2017 to 2019. During her career at Kentucky, Cheek had broken the school record for career home runs (57), RBI’s (193) and runs scored (164).

UK’s season ended during the 2019 NCAA Seattle Super Regional (April 26) against the Washington Huskies 5-0. The Wildcats finished the season 36-24.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit 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 15th 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 sports 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.

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