The Chicago Bandits announced Wednesday that St. Edward pitcher Lindsay Zdroik has been named the first recipient of the TransNational Scholar Athlete of the Week Award. Zdroik is now eligible to win the $1,000 scholarship that will be presented in June.
Zdroik, a sophomore, has a 3.8 GPA and is ranked near the top of her class. She is enrolled in several advanced courses, including geometry, Spanish and American Literature.
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Entering Thursday's game against Guerin Prep, she is batting .512 on the season with 22 hits in 43 at-bats. She has recorded 10 extra-base hits, including 2 triples and 3 home runs and 17 RBI. In the circle, Zdroik has been impressive as well. She has started 12 games and tossed 69⅓ innings. She has struck out 121 batters while only allowing 10 walks. She helped her team, which is 8-8 on the season, to its first championship at the St. Edward-hosted Chicagoland Challenge, which was played at Anderson Park in St. Charles, where Zdroik plays for Matt Schacht's Wasco Diamonds 16U travel team.
"It is such a pleasure to coach Lindsay," said St. Edward coach Jaci Corn. "She works extremely hard at everything she does. Her dedication really shows when she steps in the circle and in the batter's box. She is an excellent teammate and a true leader."
In addition to her work on the diamond and in the classroom, Zdroik is also very active in the community. She has been a volunteer at a nursing home in St. Charles, with Feed My Starving Children and various softball camps in the community.
Parents, coaches, administrators and even fellow students will be able to nominate a softball player from their school for the award. Submissions must be turned in each Friday by 5 p.m. in order to be considered for the award. Each week, the nominations will be voted upon by Bandits and TransNational staff members, with one winner being selected.
Nominations of student athletes will consist of both accomplishments on the diamond, in the classroom and in the community.
Weekly award winners will be featured on the Bandits social media and home page of the Bandits website. All weekly award winners will be eligible for the scholarship with the winner being named on June 9, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be recognized on the field prior to the Bandits vs. USSSA Pride game on June 14.
The Scholar Athlete of the Week program will run during the course of the 2014 high school season and will provide an opportunity for a student to win a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of TransNational.
The Bandits begin the season with an exhibition game against the Indiana Slammers on Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The team's first regular season home game will be on Saturday, May 31 against the Akron Racers.