Per fightingillini.com, former Illinois outfielder Alex Booker will be playing professional softball as she signed a deal with the Chicago Bandits earlier this week.
Booker was a four-year starter for the Fighting Illini in left field and great offensive weapon.
At the end of her college career, she finished with the sixth-best career batting average (.327), fifth-most stolen bases (44), and eighth-best on base percentage (.388) in Illinois history. In February of this past season, Booker made history by becoming the first Illini and the second softball player in Big Ten history to hit for the cycle.
Alex Booker was also a very consistent defensive player for the Orange & Blue over the past four seasons. She was a Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection in 2013 and ranks fifth all-time with a career .988 fielding percentage.
According to fightingillini.com, Booker managed to impress the Bandit brass although she was one of the final cuts at the Bandits’ open tryouts in May.
Bandit GM Aaron M. Moore had to say about why Chicago ended up signing Booker:
“Alex made a strong impression on us at tryouts, but at the time, the timing wasn’t right with some needs we had to address immediately. But she has stayed close to the Bandits working in the office as a game day intern and she is ready for this opportunity. She brings us a little something different off the bench in terms of speed and in this league that is important. Having RT (Robin Thompson) a couple of seasons ago was a big reason we won games late and we’re hoping Alex has the same effect.”
The Chicago Bandits play at play their home games at the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Illinois. To check out and keep up with Booker’s pro career, visit chicagobandits.com or follow the Bandits on Twitter at @Chicago_Bandits.