Bandits, Svekis agree to one-year extension

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have signed catcher Gwen Svekis to a one-year extension, team officials announced Wednesday morning.

Svekis, whom the Bandits selected third overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, appeared in 19 games as a rookie, batting .269 with one home run and six RBI. She sported a spotless 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate, as well.

She launched her lone home run of the season as part of a five-RBI performance in a 21-0 rout of the Beijing Shougang Eagles on July 12.

“We were encouraged by Gwen’s ability to translate her collegiate success to the professional level,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said . “The Bandits organization looks forward to seeing her continue to grow as this level in 2019.”

The former University of Oregon standout earned first team All-American honors during her senior season and paced the Ducks with 17 home runs and 60 RBI. The Davie, Florida, product, along with teammate and current Bandits infielder DJ Sanders, guided Oregon to the 2018 Pac-12 Conference championship and an appearance at the Women’s College World Series. Svekis also captured the NFCA National Catcher of the Year award in her final year in Eugene.

Indiana University named Svekis to its softball staff as a volunteer assistant July 30.

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

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