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Bandits Announce Signing of Kloss

Kellsi Kloss Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, IL (June 9, 2016) – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with third round draft pick Kellsi Kloss, general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Thursday.
Kloss, who was selected 17th overall out of Louisiana State, enjoyed a stellar career with the Tigers. She played an instrumental part behind the plate during LSU’s run to the 2015 Women’s College World Series and was named a First Team All-Southeastern Conference performer for her efforts.
“We are excited to bring Kellsi aboard for the 2016 season,” Moore said. “Coming from the SEC, she knows what it takes to compete at a high level and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the roster.”
During Kloss’ 2015 breakout season, she appeared in all 66 games for LSU, mainly starting at catcher or as the designated player. In addition to her durability, the Cypress, California native set new career highs in nearly every major statistical offensive category. She finished in the top two on the team in both home runs and RBI during SEC play.
Kloss’ tear at the plate continued throughout her senior campaign in which she helped guide LSU back to the Women’s College World Series for second straight season. She batted at a .302 clip with nine home runs and 50 driven in. Kloss also enjoyed success on the national stage in 2016, reaching base in all three regional games at the NCAA Tournament, as well as knocking in two runs during super regionals. Her fourth inning RBI-base knock in an elimination game against James Madison in super regionals proved to be the eventual game-winner. 
LSU eventually bowed out of the NCAA Tournament after losses to Michigan and Oklahoma in the WCWS.
With the 2016 NPF season underway, Kloss is expected to join the Bandits in time for tonight’s game against the Dallas Charge. Tickets for all remaining Bandits home games at The Ballpark at Rosemont are still available. Please call the box office at 877-722-6348 or visit to purchase.
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, Emily Allard 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), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

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