ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits announced that outfielder Caitlin Lever is retiring from National Pro Fastpitch competition.
After signing with the Bandits out of Georgia Tech, Lever spent all five years of her professional career with the Bandits. In her rookie season, she batted .210 with a .297 on-base percentage and finished fourth on the team with nine stolen bases.
“We would definitely like to thank Caitlin for the time she spent in a Chicago Bandits uniform,” said GM Aaron M. Moore.“Caitlin was a professional in every sense of the word and always was one to go above and beyond to help the Bandits organization.Her commitment to the team and its success is definitely something we appreciate.
“The entire Bandits organization wishes her the very best in her future endeavors.She has great vision and the ability to make big things happen.”
Lever started off the 2011 season with a bang, when she hit a walk-off home run on June 16 in a 1-0 win against the USSSA Pride. She finished the season batting .241 with 19 hits including 14 runs and a .355 on-base percentage.
From 2008-2010, Lever saw limited action with the Bandits due to spending time as a member of the Canadian National Team. Her best season came in 2009, while hitting .333 with 12 hits in just 36 at-bats including a .368 on-base percentage.
“I am so grateful for the time I spent as a Chicago Bandit.I have seen it go through three different venues and couldn't be more thankful for the Village of Rosemont for allowing us to make a home there,” stated Lever.“I want to thank Mayor Bradley Stephens for all the support he had with our program and Bill Sokolis for staying true to the Bandits and keeping the program alive and developing over the years.
“I also want to thank the countless employees and interns for working way beyond expectations to make sure we were treated respectfully.I will always cherish the memories of my teammates that have come through the program and have helped shaped me into the person I am today.Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the loyal fans.Chicago definitely has the most amazing fans in the world.I love you guys and will take you with me always in all my endeavors knowing that I am always supporting endlessly.”
Lever played an integral part in getting former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano out to a Bandits game. After reaching out to Zambrano via Twitter, Lever and the Bandits coordinated with the Miami Marlins pitcher to throw out the first pitch at Rosemont Stadium before the game on June 30.
“Thank you and good luck to the future Chicago Bandits, may you continue to be role models and pave the way of the dreams of all the little girls out there aspiring to be in your shoes,” Lever commented.