Megan Blank Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL. – December 16, 2015 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with infielder Megan Blank for the upcoming 2016 season. This will be Blank’s second season in Chicago; she originally signed with the Bandits in May as a free agent.
“Megan is going to be a very good player in the NPF for a long time to come,” said Moore. “She is a hard worker and incredibly gifted, both offensively and defensively. Our other infielders spoke incredibly high of the work she did at first base for us and that speaks volumes.
“The more comfortable she gets at the plate in this league, the better she’s going to be. We’re very excited that she’ll be back for the 2016 season. Her defensive skills are very high up there, which will give our coaching staff some great flexibility in deciding where she fits in the everyday lineup.”
Blank, who was a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree, quickly showed fans why she left school as the Hawkeyes single-season batting average record holder. The Culver City, Calif. native ended her career at Iowa with a .410 batting average, 63 doubles, 27 home runs and 153 RBI.
In 97 at bats, she posted a .258 batting average including a .381 slugging percentage with 11 runs scored. Her 14 RBIs were good for fourth best on the team, while her three home runs put her in a two-way tie for third overall on the Bandits.
“I'm so excited about re-signing with the Bandits for my second season,” exclaimed Blank! “Last summer was one of the best summers of my life and capping it off with a Cowles Cup Championship was amazing.
“The Bandits organization is second to none and really is like a family. I'm looking forward to spending another summer in Rosemont, playing in front of the best fans, and defending our title!”
Blank, 22, is currently serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Northwestern softball team in Evanston, Ill.
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.