To help fill my softball void, I am featuring softball players I have had the pleasure of watching and knowing. Brittany Cervantes was the first player from the Chicago Bandits I interviewed after a game. That first interview can be found at On the Beat With Brittany Cervantes.
Brittany was a star softball player at the University of Kentucky, where she was the only player to hit at least 10 home runs in each of her four seasons. She went undrafted in National Pro Fastpitch, but was signed by the Bandits in June of 2012 after a tryout.
She became one of the best undrafted players in NPF history. Among other awards in the NPF, she was the 2015 NPF Offensive Player of the Year. She was also excellent on defense, while playing multiple positions. She was a big part of the two consecutive NPF champions the Bandits won in the last two seasons. She has since played with the Cleveland Comets and the USSSA Pride. She also played internationally with Team Mexico.
Brittany is one of the nicest players I have met. As much as I hated seeing her come back with opposing teams, it was always great catching up with her. She alwys had a smile for her Chicago fans, even for this reporter!
Brittany is currently the Director of Softball Operations at her alma mater. I have no doubt Brittany will do great things for KU. I will be following Brittany's career and wishing her well.
I have had so many great memories and made so many friends from covering the Bandits and the NPF. You don't have to be a writer though. The softball community is inclusive. It is a huge extended family and everyone is welcome and embraced.
I appreciate Brittany's time, consideration and friendship over the years. It has been a pleasure knowing her and watching her play. She is a true professional and a great person.
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Brittany Cervantes and me in Rosemont, July 2019.