The Dallas Charge put down the Pennsylvania Rebellion with a 5-2 win in the National Professional Fastpitch league opener on Friday night at Lancaster, Pa.
On the Charge roster is Andi Williamson, a Harts native and former Chapmanville Regional High School, Harts High School and Marshall University pitcher.
Dallas pitcher Lauren Haeger started on the mound but got a no decision. The win went to rookie Charge pitcher Jill Compton (1-0) who struck out the side in the ninth inning. The Fresno State product entered the game in the fifth inning and after walking the first batter she faced, sat down nine straight Rebellion players to end the game.
Williamson, playing with her third NPF team in four years, did not see action in the opener.
Kaitlyn Richardson hit a two-run homer to lead the Charge and Brianna Cherry had a two-run single. Chaley Brickey ripped a two-run dinger of her own to pace the Rebellion.
Dallas was scheduled to face the Rebellion again on Saturday.
Williamson, who played her first two years of NPF professional ball with the Chicago Bandits and last year with the USSSA Pride, only signed with the Charge just recently.
She said she’s happy to see the NPF gain in popularity.
“A lot of it has to do with college softball because a lot of people still do not know a whole lot about the NPF,” she said. “That’s what our job is right now, to get it out there. In the NPF it’s the best of the best because there’s not that many teams out there. There is a whole league after college. Realistically, when I played in college I didn’t even know about it. That’s our job right now to get it up there and get it out there on social media too.”
The Charge head coach is Jennifer Rocha, a University of Florida assistant coach and Oklahama graduate.
“I’m super excited to be a part of a growing league in the NPF,” Rocha said. “Commissoner Cheri Kempf has done and awesome job of growing the league for women who are super deserving and are so talented. I’m excited to work with the talent that we have on the team right now. There’s some great players that are returing and we’re excited to compete against the best in the world. You are really watching the best of the best compete in the NPF. It’s going to be exciting.”
Williamson said she urges people back home to follow her on Facebook and Twitter for team updates.
“You can follow me on Facebook. It’s under Andrea Williamson or on Twitter @AndiWilliamson. Everyone follow me and I will keep you updated to what is going on,” Williamson said.
The Charge’s motto this season is “Build a Tradition.”
It’s the second season for the team.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).