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Former Kentucky softball star Katie Reed signs professional contract

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Days after her teammate Abbey Cheek made it official, star shortstop Katie Reed signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits, ensuring the duo will remain teammates.

Back in April, Reed was selected No. 19 overall by the Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft after a tremendous senior season in which she posted a .361 batting average, drove in 43 runs and scored 43 runs. She was named a second-team All-SEC honoree and also found herself on the All-SEC defensive team.

Reed also did something no other UK softball player has done before when she won the CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award. Every year one student-athlete is given the award for using their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities.

Reed served as the president of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) this season, which helped her develop a relationship with the Special Olympics to make them a partner of Kentucky’s community outreach.

The three-time captain’s successes crescendoed June 1, when she signed the dotted line with the Bandits.

Best of luck to the former Wildcat in her professional future.

Article written by Ty Schadt

4 Comments for Former Kentucky softball star Katie Reed signs professional contract



  1. ofallthethings
    2:01 am June 3, 2019 Permalink

    “did something no other Uk softball player has done before” …then doesn’t say what it is.



  2. imabucket
    2:16 am June 3, 2019 Permalink

    It Really is kinda hard to follow. I’m guessing he meant that she won the CLASS award ?



  3. BallDontLie
    7:42 am June 3, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder what those contracts look like.



    • Catman1
      2:13 pm June 3, 2019 Permalink

      the most that anyone has made in the NPF is $20K for a season with the average being between 5-7K for a season.. so not a lot at all. I don’t know how they get anyone to commit.