May-Johnson returns to Bandits for eighth season
Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with veteran third baseman Stacy May-Johnson, team officials announced Tuesday morning.
May-Johnson, initially drafted in the second round of the 2006 NPF Draft, came out of retirement for a second time ahead of the 2017 season. The 2006 Rookie of the Year and three-time All-NPF infielder has spent all seven seasons in Chicago.
“We’re excited to have Stacy back in the fold for the upcoming season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “Throughout her career, she has been a great competitor on the field and a mentor for our younger athletes.”
May-Johnson appeared in 35 games during in 2017, batting .211 with nine RBI. She also maintained a 2-to-1 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
As part of a 9-1 win over the Akron Racers on June 28, 2017, May-Johnson recorded a 1-for-2 day at the plate with a double, two RBI and a pair of walks.
A two-time Cowles Cup champion (2008, 2011), May-Johnson cemented herself among the NPF’s all-time greats at the time of her initial retirement, ranking within the top five in career doubles and home runs.
May-Johnson also helped guide the U.S. National Team to consecutive gold medal finishes at the World Cup of Softball and earned a silver medal at the 2012 World Championships.
Following coaching stints at Purdue, Louisville and her alma mater, Iowa, May-Johnson is currently an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels will travel to Rosemont for the Total Control Sports Invitational Feb. 9-10.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
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 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.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.