RT Cantillo - Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – December 9, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with outfielder RT Cantillo to return to the club for a second season.
“The Bandits organization is very excited about the return of RT for the 2015 season,” said Moore. “RT was a very important piece to the outfield puzzle we had last season and we’re looking for her to have an even bigger role in 2015. She has the ability to hit for both average and power, which will be a good thing for our offense.
“Additionally, RT was a great member of the team in the community and with the kids and groups that came out to the park. Definitely an important piece of being a Bandit!”
Drafted by the Bandits as the 20th overall selection in the 2014 NPF College Draft, Cantillo wasted no time putting her name on the stat sheets. In her first three games as a Bandit, she recorded two hits with an RBI and three runs scored. She finished the season with a .281 batting average, including 11 runs scored and a .333 on-base percentage.
“It’s an honor to be able to play for the Bandits again,” said Cantillo. “I’m very fortunate to not only continue playing the sport I love, but to represent this awesome organization and their great fan base.”
The former Ole Miss Rebel left her name in the record books after finishing her collegiate career as the all-time leader in on-base percentage at .481 while her career batting average of .354 is second-best in program history. In addition, she was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference second team selection.
Her most recent honor from the SEC came following her senior season after she posted a .424 batting average.
The Bandits are now accepting group deposits for the 2015 season for as low as $50 per group. Season ticket and Bandits of Tomorrow packages are also available now by calling the office at (877) 7BANDIT or visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
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.
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.