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Coal City’s Verdun re-signs with Chicago Bandits

Coal City graduate Kirsten Verdun, shown here pitching for DePaul University, signed a contract extension with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Coal City graduate Kirsten Verdun, shown here pitching for DePaul University, signed a contract extension with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League.

ROSEMONT – Chicago Bandits general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms with pitcher/first baseman Kirsten Verdun to return to the team for a second season.

Verdun is a Coal City graduate who led the Coalers to the 2010 IHSA Class 2A state championship.

“Kirsten is a player that we had a chance to watch many times during her career at DePaul, and one thing that always stood out, besides her impressive numbers, was her competitiveness,” Moore said. “That is something that she brought to the Bandits as well and it made a statement in the clubhouse.

“We look forward to having her back this season. She will have opportunities to make an impact in our lineup and we’re confident she will deliver when called upon.”

Verdun will be looked at to fill a dual role again in 2015. She will compete for playing time at pitcher, designated player and first base.

In her first season with the Bandits, Verdun made an impact in limited opportunities, both in the circle and at the plate.

The first professional win of her career came in a complete game outing against the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

In the win, she allowed four runs on two hits with one strikeout.

In 25 innings in her rookie campaign, she allowed only 17 runs, tying her with Sara Moulton for the lowest on the team, while leading all Bandits pitchers in fewest hits against with 25.

At the plate, Verdun recorded a .333 batting average with five RBIs and two runs scored.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to play another summer for the Bandits,” Verdun said. “I look forward to a great season with my teammates and the chance to contribute both on the mound and at the plate.”

Verdun signed with the Bandits in 2014 by way of open tryouts. Named the 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year at DePaul, she became the only pitcher in program history to accumulate 900 innings, 900 strikeouts and 100 wins.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

All-Northern Illinois Big 12: Morris’ Julie Jurasits, who became the Redskins’ all-time leading scorer this season, was recently named to the All-NIB 12 East first team.

Teammates Mya Shannon and Leona Burton were named honorable mentions.

Victory Christian 62, Families of Faith Christian Academy 31: Destiny Villalejo scored 21 points to lead Families of Faith.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Families of Faith Christian Academy 75, Victory Christian 59: Cody Blan led Families of Faith (31-8) with 22 points, while Amari Morgan had 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Thomas Larson scored 13 points for the Screaming Eagles, while Cameron Latour added 10.

BASEBALL

Runnin’ Redskins Baseball Bash: The annual event will be 4 to 8 p.m Saturday at the Morris VFW. Included in the night’s festivities will be a drawdown that will feature more then $2,000 in cash prizes.

There also will be auctions and raffles featuring a Blackhawks jersey as well as gift cerfificates to local businesses. All proceeds go to the Runnin’ Redskins Baseball Booster Club.

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