By Paul Adkins
July 23, 2013
The Chicago Bandits made it a sweep over Akron Racers with Sunday’s 9-5 victory at the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Ill.
The Bandits are now 21-6 and sit in first place in the National Professional Fastpitch women’s pro softball league. The Racers are 10-18.
On the Chicago roster is Andi Williamson, a former Chapmanville and Harts high school pitcher, who also played collegiately at Tennessee and Marshall.
Nikki Nemitz was the starting and winning pitcher for the Bandits in Sunday’s game. Mel Dumezich then stepped in the pitching circle to close it out in relief. Kristen Butler stepped up Chicago as she hit a grand slam home run to make it 7-0 in the second inning.
Chicago beat Akron 7-1 on Saturday before 1,073 fans.
Last Friday, Williamson notched her fifth win of the season as the Bandits won 4-1 over the Racers. The game was delayed by two hours due to rain.
Williamson, now 5-1 in her rookie season with the Bandits, tossed six innings and allowed just one run and three hits. The only run allowed by Williamson was a solo homer by Charlotte Morgan to left field.
Chicago broke open a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth inning.
Lisa Norris took the loss on the hill for the Racers.
Chicago opened the four-game series with a 1-0 victory over Akron last Thursday.
The Bandits are scheduled to get back into action on Wednesday night with the first game of a four-game home series against the last place New York/New Jersey Comets (5-24).
Chicago leads the Orlando, Fla., based USSSA Pride (20-8) by a game and a half in the NPF standings.