Brittany Cervantes '08

Brittany's softball career started off in Chatsworth, CA. While attending Chaminade College Preparatory, she played basketball and softball. It wasn’t until her sophomore year, when the Eagles softball team won their first C.I.F championship of two consecutive years, that she truly developed her love for the game. The strategy involved and the different dynamics of each position are some of the reasons why she fell in love with the sport, but nothing compared to the camaraderie and relationships she built with her teammates, the Zymkowitz’s family, and her coaches (Coach Ellinghouse, Coach Gina Hairapetian, and Coach Jackson).

The skills Brittany developed at Chaminade allowed her to continue her career in softball at the University of Kentucky.  While pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she was able to play softball at the highest level in the Southeastern Conference.  During her time as a Wildcat, Brittany played catcher and third base. She earned three weekly SEC honors and ranks first all-time in runs batted and home runs, a record she still holds.

In 2011, she hit 15 home runs, the second most homers ever hit in a season at UK and scored 55 runs – the most in single-season history. The team reached the Super Regionals in the NCAA Division I Softball Championships for the first time in university history. In 2012, Brittany was named to the All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Team in 2012. She batted a team best .357 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI; she ranked among the top in the SEC with batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBI, home runs and walks, and led the league in total bases.

After graduating, Brittany’s exceptional performance as a Wildcat provided her the opportunity to play in the National Professional Fastpitch league starting in 2012 with the Chicago Bandits. She played for the Bandits for 4 years. In 2014 she was named to her first All-NPF Team and the Worth Home Run Award Winner. In 2015, she was instrumental in leading the Bandits to victory in the Cowles Cup Championship. Brittany was again named to the All-NPF Team and awarded NPF Offensive player of the Year. In 2016, she led the Bandits to another Cowles’ Cup Championship victory and was named Cowles Cup MVP.

In January 2017, Brittany signed with the Scrap Yard Dawgs in Conroe, Texas. She helped lead the team to victory for her third consecutive year at the Cowles’ Cup Championship. Brittany has also played softball abroad. She traveled to Tokyo, Japan, with the Chicago Bandits and will play in Italy this coming summer. She also served as volunteer assistant coach at University of Kentucky in 2013 and was an assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago. 

When she’s not on the softball field Brittany participates in charity work. Most recently, she was a top fundraiser for Team #TracyStrong in the Lung Force Foundation annual Lung Force Walk.

 

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