Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bandits Interviews, Parts 6-9

In the first of a two-post set today, we bring you four more interviews with four more members of the 2014 Chicago Bandits. We'll have more in the next few weeks leading up to the NPF Championship Series, including a couple of surprises from the visiting dugout.

Today, we lead things off with veteran second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz. An Illini alumni (say that five times fast), "Z" stayed local after college and has spent her entire professional career with the Bandits.

Next up is catcher Jenna Grim. We featured an interview with Jenna last spring, but it was nice to get this interview and reacquaint our readers with her. She, like Zymkowitz, also stayed local after college, graduating from Loyola-Chicago and joining the Bandits through open tryouts. She presently also serves as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Kate Drohan's Northwestern Wildcats.

Third up is rookie outfielder Jessica Bracamonte. Another free agent signee, Jessica was signed this spring, a year removed from her final season with the Michigan State Spartans. Thanks to a lack of social media presence, softball fans in general don't know Bracamonte too well, but perhaps this interview will help make that no longer the case.

And finally, we conclude this set with one of the greatest players to EVER play the game of softball, none other than the Bandits' ace Monica Abbott. An Olympic medal-winner and a collegiate legend, Abbott has left an indelible mark on every level of the game. She's been a member of the Bandits since 2011 and led the team to a championship victory in her first season in Chicago.

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