THE WOODLANDS, TX – January 27, 2017 – Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May announced today the signing of former Chicago Bandits standout, Brittany Cervantes. Cervantes’s contract will keep her in a Dawgs uniform through the 2021 Season.
Cervantes is a Chatsworth, California native that will be joining the Dawgs and brings several years of NPF experience. In 2016, Cervantes helped the bandits bring home their second Cowles Cup Championship in two seasons. She led the team in two offensive categories including on base percentage with .430 (4th in the league) and walks with 34 (2nd in the league). In addition, she was 2nd on the team in slugging percentage (.522), runs scored (26), RBI’s (9), home runs (9), and total bases (72). Her performance at the NPF Championship Series earned her the title of Cowles Cup MVP.
In 2014, Cervantes was named to her first All-NPF Team as well as the Worth Home Run Award Winner. During the 2015 season in Chicago, she was again named to the All-NPF Team, named NPF Offensive Player of the Year, and was instrumental in helping the Bandits win the 2015 Cowles Cup Championship. She led the league in three offensive categories including slugging percentage (.664), on base percentage (.520), and walks (34). She was second in the league in batting average (.358), runs scored (26), hits (38), and doubles (6).
She was originally signed by the Bandits in 2012 following an open tryout held by the organization. After working her way into line-up, she became a staple for the Bandits line up after posting a .636 slugging percentage in 2013 and coming through in several key situations.
As a utility player at Kentucky, Cervantes was one of the most accomplished position players in school history and after earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Region accolades as a junior in 2011, was a First Team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team pick in 2012. The only player in UK history to hit 10 or more homers in each of her four seasons in Lexington, she set single-season school records with 55 runs scored and 48 walks in 2011, while also establishing personal bests in batting average (.329) and home runs (15). During Cervantes' career, she helped Kentucky to four NCAA Tournament berths.
When asked about her thoughts on the Trade, GM Connie May said, “Cervantes is in her 6th year in the league. She is a seasoned veteran and her league accolades speak for themselves. She is a proven champion and will help reinforce a winning culture with the Dawgs!”
“I want to thank Bill Sokolis, my Bandit teammates and most importantly the Bandit fans for all the support over the last five years,” said Cervantes. “I’m excited to continue my career with the Scrap Yard Dawgs and work towards winning a Championship!”
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The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About 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.