Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with both Brittany Cervantes and Danielle Zymkowitz for the upcoming 2015 season.
Both players originally joined the Bandits by way of open tryouts, Zymkowitz in 2011 and Cervantes in 2012, but both are familiar with each other’s presence on the softball field, as they were teammates at Chaminade College Prep in Canoga Park, Calif.
“The team is very excited about the return of both Brittany and Danielle,” stated Moore. “Both players have been with us for most of our time in Rosemont and they are not only special players, but also special women.
“Z and Cerv are always quick to sign up for appearances during the summer and they are both well-liked by the fans. It’s definitely nice for the team to have the right side of our infield back in place for another season.”
Cervantes enjoyed her finest professional season to date in 2014; finishing with a league-leading 12 home runs, earning her the title of Worth Home Run Champion.
During her first two seasons with the Bandits, Cervantes was called upon to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, but in 2014 she became the everyday first baseman for the Bandits. Her 281 putouts led the team, while she posted a .965 fielding percentage with 20 assists.
“Brittany had a great power year in 2014 and we’re looking for a similar result this season,” said Moore. “I know she’s excited to be back with the Bandits and if she can put up similar numbers and improve in other areas, our lineup will be pretty tough!”
In addition to being named the Worth Home Run Champion, Cervantes was voted Offensive Player of the Year Honors by fans for the Bandits End of Season banquet. She was also named to the 2014 All-NPF Team honors. Her 41 RBIs led the Bandits and she finished the season with career highs in hits (34), runs scored (23) and doubles (5).
“I’m very excited to be playing again this summer with the Bandits,” said Cervantes. “They’re like my family and I’m ready to get back to work to bring another Championship trophy to this team.”
Cervantes is currently in her second season as the assistant softball coach at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.
Following the retirement of Vicky Galindo in 2013, Zymkowitz earned the starting spot at second base last season and she didn’t disappoint. Her 107 putouts and 77 assists were good for third overall on the team, while she successfully stole six bases, second best, on the Bandits.
“Danielle will be playing in her fifth season with the Bandits and we’re just as excited as ever,” said Moore. “She has a great love for the Bandits family and for the game of softball and that’s something that is seen by everyone she comes in contact with. She’s very solid defensively and can do some things at the plate to help our team win games!”
The 2011 All-NPF Team member also made her presence felt at the plate finishing with a .288 batting average, including 15 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Bandits again this year,” said Zymkwoitz. “I’m excited for another summer of great memories with my softball family in pursuit of another NPF Championship for the Village of Rosemont.”
Zymkowitz continued, “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of the NPF. The CBS Sports Network TV deal and addition of the Dallas Charge will help grow this league. I have been blessed to be a part of the NPF for five years and I can’t wait to see what else this league will accomplish to grow the sport of softball.”
Like Cervantes, Zymkowitz is also serving as an assistant coach during the off season. She is currently in her first season at Toledo University in Toledo, Ohio coaching under former Bandit, Kristen Butler.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
The Bandits home opener is set for Thursday, June 4 when the Bandits host the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Single-game tickets for all 2015 home games, including the home opener, will go on sale Monday, February 16 at 10 a.m. CT.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, 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-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.