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Two-time MVP Ditches Retirement, Returns to Chicago Bandits

ROSEMONT -- Two-time National Pro Fastpitch MVP Stacy May-Johnson has announced that she is voiding her retirement plans and joining the Chicago Bandits for the final month of the 2011 season.

“When Stacy expressed interest in returning to the Bandits, I immediately felt it was a no brainer,” said Bandits Owner Bill Sokolis. “She’s a two-time MVP on the field and a great presence in the locker room and with the fans. Our offense just got an immediate upgrade and she will provide a strong impact in the lineup heading into playoffs.”

May-Johnson finished her professional career with two MVPs, an Offensive Player of the Year award and was the consummate table setter for the Bandits at the leadoff hitter position.

While earning her second MVP award in 2010, May-Johnson batted .333 with 48 hits, 33 runs and 12 home runs for the Bandits. She also turned in 26 RBIs and drew 14 walks while playing third base for the Bandits. Her batting average and home runs were good for first place among NPF batters and her RBIs were second only to teammate Rachel Folden (32).

Most recently, May-Johnson competed with Team USA in the 2011 World Cup of Softball. In six games with the women’s national team, May-Johnson batted .353 with six hits, two home runs and seven RBIs. May-Johnson finished the tournament with a .706 slugging percentage and a .450 on-base percentage. Team USA was crowned Champions of the 6th World Cup of Softball.

The Bandits have also announced the release of pitcher Taryne Mowatt. Mowatt is 0-2 on the season in 14 innings pitched. She finishes with a 4.00 ERA, seven strikeouts and 16 walks.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-722-6348.