Andi has 2-1 record, 1.05 ERA with Chicago Bandits

By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

July 17, 2014

Andi Williamson continues to have a good season this summer with the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional Fastpitch women’s softball league.

Last Saturday at home, Williamson, a Harts native, 2009 Chapmanville Regional High School graduate and former Marshall University pitcher, led Chicago to a 6-3 win over the Pennsylvania Rebellion at Rosemont, Ill.

Williamson fired six innings to pick up the win as she raised her record to 2-1 on the season. She allowed just two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts and two walks. Williamson tossed 117 pitches and was relieved by Kristen Verdun and Monica Abbott who shut down the Rebellion in the seventh inning.

Williamson continues to lead the Bandits’ pitching staff with a team-best 1.05 ERA. She’s thrown 26.2 innings this summer and has given up 13 runs (only four earned) and 28 hits while striking out 13 and walking 12. She has also hit one batter.

Abbott, a former U.S. Olympic softball player, is 5-2 with a 1.11 ERA for Chicago this season. She’s pitched 44 innings and has allowed just seven earned runs while walking 12 and fanning a team-high 60 batters.

Sara Moulton (5-0, 2.21 ERA), Ellen Renfroe (2-3, 5.25 ERA), Estela Pinon (0-1, 5.35 ERA), Verdun (0-0, 3.09 ERA) and Michelle Gascoigne (3-2, 1.52 ERA) have also seen action on the mound for Chicago this season.

Chicago ended up sweeping Pennsylvania (5-21) in a four-game series. The Bandits won 2-1 on July 10, 3-2 on July 11, 6-3 on July 12 and 6-5 in 10 innings on July 13.

The Bandits currently stand at 17-9 on the season and in second place behind the NPF leader and defending champion USSSA Florida Pride.

Chicago is scheduled to play host to the Netherlands National team on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in an exhibition game. The two teams met on July 8, also at Chicago, as the Bandits whipped the Dutch women, 9-0.

After playing the Netherlands, the Bandits are off to the Sunshine State with a four-game road series at Kissimmee, Fla., against the Pride. Game 1 is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in the Orlando area.

The two teams are set to meet again on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. Game 3 is Monday at 8 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network. The finale is Tuesday at 8 p.m., and will also be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Six more Chicago Bandits’ games are set to be televised on CBS Sports Network: July 28 and 29 at Pennsylvania; Aug. 11-12 at Pennsylvania; and Aug. 13-14 at home against the Akron Racers.

In addition, four more Chicago games are slated to be streamed live over the internet.

The season is set to conclude with the NPF championship series, set for Aug. 20-23 in Hoover, Ala.

Last year at Chicago, the Bandits lost two games to one to the Pride in the championship series.

This is the 10th season of professional softball for the Chicago Bandits.

The NPF is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).

NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.