Bandits sign draftee Sanders to three-year deal

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits and infielder DJ Sanders have agreed to a three-year deal, team officials announced Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, whom the Bandits selected with the 21st overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NPF Draft, joins the team after a stellar collegiate career split between Louisiana-Lafayette and Oregon.

“We are excited to add DJ to our roster on a multi-year contract,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s brings another powerful bat to our infield core and we’re excited to see her game translate to the professional level.”

After a career junior season at Louisiana-Lafayette in which she belted a NCAA-best 29 home runs and drove in 82 RBI, Sanders transferred to Oregon to face elevated competition in the Pac-12.

Sanders’ success, however, did not diminish, despite the step up in competition. The Columbus, Mississippi, product ranked second on the Ducks in home runs (16), RBI (51) and total bases (105), trailing only fellow Bandits draftee Gwen Svekis.

A second team All-Pac-12 selection in 2018, Sanders built off her 2017 season as a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award. Her offensive efforts helped guide Oregon to the top overall seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament and a spot in the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in the past five years.

Across three super regional games for the Ducks, Sanders batted .333 with a grand slam and five RBI.

Sanders becomes the third player from Oregon to put on the black-and-orange, joining Alexa Peterson (2017) and Kailee Cuico (2015).

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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 has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.


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