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Baseball - 04. February 2013.


The Chicago Bandits announced today that catcher Shannon Doepking will retire from National Pro Fastpitch after
five seasons.

"This is an announcement we were not looking forward to make," said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore. "Doepking came in and managed not only Monica (Abbott), but the entire pitching staff so effectively.

"She is a consummate professional and was a leader in the clubhouse.
The intangibles she brought to the team for two seasons will be missed.
Shannon was definitely key in our championship run in 2011."

Drafted by the Akron Racers in 2008 as the 15th overall selection, the
University of Tennessee product hit .208 as a rookie for the Racers
while recording a .344 on-base percentage along with 15 RBIs.

Following her rookie season, Doepking was traded to the USSSA Pride
where she spent one season before being traded to the Tennessee Diamonds
in 2010. She finished the season with a .233 slugging percentage and an
on-base percentage of .258.

Doepking signed with the Bandits as a free
agent prior to the 2011 season and enjoyed one of her best professional
seasons hitting, .263 with a .377 on-base percentage and had six RBIs.
Catching Monica Abbott's perfect game on August 4, Doepking's presence
at and behind the plate helped lead the Bandits to their second NPF
Championship in Sulphur, La.

"I never thought I would have the
opportunity to play after college and I'm so thankful for those five
years," said Doepking. "I've met new people, made amazing friends, won a
championship and found a new home in Rosemont."

"I want to thank Bill
Sokolis for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Bandits
organization. It truly has been like my second family for the past two
years. Second I would like to thank the Chicago Bandits fans. They are
so supportive and loyal and without them we wouldn't be able to live out
our dreams."

In her final season with the Bandits, Doepking held an
eight game hitting streak from August 1 through August 15 which saw her
record eight hits, one home run and eight RBIs. She finished the season
with a .229 batting average with 13 RBIs and three home runs.

but not least, thank you to my teammates. It was an honor being able to
share a field with all of you and I hope you all continue to pave the
way for little girls to dream of becoming professional softball
players," Doepking commented.

For more information about the Chicago
Bandits, visit www.chicagobanditscom [2] or call the front office at

About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits
have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland
area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to
further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has
included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The
two-time NPF Champions play at Rosemont Stadium, the only stadium in the
country built for a women's professional team.
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