By Ron Gregory Civitas News Service
December 13, 2013
Former Harts/Chapmanville Regional High School star pitcher Andi Williamson has signed a contract to play professionally in Japan next year.
Williamson, who also led the Marshall Thundering Herd softball team to the Conference USA tournament last year, inked a deal in California, according to her family. While in high school, Williamson led Chapmanville to the 2007 and 2009 Class AA state championships. Her freshman year, she led Harts High School to the Class A state finals.
Williamson played last season for the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league after a star performance on the mound for Marshall.
The Harts Creeker also led the Bandits to the championship round of the NPF.
Beth Williamson, Andi’s mother, said the family is excited about the opportunities afforded to her daughter. Although she said she will miss being able to see Andi regularly while she is in Japan, the family realizes it is an “opportunity for her daughter to display her talents.”
Andi Williamson’s father is former Harts and Marshall star basketball player Andy Paul Williamson. The family resides at Harts.
In Japan, Andi Williamson will be joining Bandit teammates Monica Abbott and Megan Williams.
She will also continue to play with the Bandits in June, July and August. She is set to play in Japan from March to early June; September and part of November.
Beth Williamson said her daughter is scheduled to report to the Japanese league in February 2014.
Last year for the Bandits, Williamson had a 9-2 record during the regular season with a 1.67 ERA — one of the best in the league. She was named as the league’s rookie of the year at season’s end.
Chicago was 36-12 last year and won the NPF regular season crown but lost to the USSSA Florida Pride in the best-of-three game championship series two games to one on ESPN2.
At Marshall, Williamson was a record-breaking pitcher. She led Conference USA in number of wins in 2011 and set a Marshall record of 33 wins with 364 strikeouts during her senior year. She closed out her three-year career at Marshall with 731 strikeouts and helped lead the Herd into the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
In the NCAAs, Williamson led Marshall to a win over Notre Dame in Lexington, Ky. The Herd lost two heartbreakers to Virginia Tech and Kentucky to get eliminated.