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Baseball - 21. January 2016.


Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today
that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with
infielder Danielle Zymkowitz for the upcoming 2016 season. 


Zymkowitz, who will be entering her sixth season in a Bandits uniform,
originally joined the team by way of open tryouts prior to the 2011
season. After serving in a platoon role her first three seasons in
Chicago, Zymkowitz earned the starting spot at second base in 2014 and
went on to enjoy the best season of her career. 

"As an organization we are beyond thrilled with the contract extension
of Z," said Moore. "She has been one of the most important pieces to our
recent success, both on and off the field, and she's someone we
definitely wanted to return. 

"Danielle is a special young lady that gets everything this team and
league are about. She is 100% committed to our growth, our success in
the community and our success on the field. She's one of the most
top-notch people in the NPF and she also does a fine job at second base.
We're looking forward to having her for 2016." 

The West Hills, Calif. native started all 48 games during the 2015
season and she recorded a .222 batting average with 30 hits, 15 runs
scored and 11 RBIs, while finishing second on the team with eight stolen
bases. The three-time University of Illinois Gold Glove winner posted 79
assists, which were good for third overall on the Bandits and her 97
putouts placed her at fourth overall. 

"For me, every summer brings a new family of teammates and a new goal to
accomplish," said Zymkowitz. "I can't wait for the season as I cherish
every time I put on my Bandits uniform." 

Zymkowitz, 26, is currently serving in her second season as an assistant
coach at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio under former Bandits
catcher, Kristen Butler. 

"Thank you to the Bandits organization for giving me another opportunity
to follow my dreams and thank you to those that have paved the way for
me to play this sport at a professional level," continued Zymkowitz. 

The defense of the Cowles Cup begins on Thursday, June 2 when the
Bandits host the Scrap Yard Dawgs at the Ballpark at Rosemont for the
2016 home opener. Single-game tickets for all 2016 home games, including
the home opener, will go on sale Monday, February 8 at 10 a.m. 

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, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams. The
three-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 2016 season will be the Bandits 12th
season in the NPF. 

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. 

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