By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
July 9, 2014
Andi Williamson notched her first win of the season for the Chicago Bandits with Sunday’s 14-2 victory over the Akron Racers in a National Professional Fastpitch women’s pro softball game at Rosemont, Ill.
Williamson, a Harts native and 2009 graduate of Chapmanville Regional High School, tossed six innings and allowed just one earned run and two hits while walking two and striking out four. Sara Moulton then pitched a scoreless seventh to finish off the win.
Chicago, 13-9 and second place in the NPF standings, took three out of four games in the holiday weekend set against the Racers (11-13). The Bandits won 8-5 on Thursday and took a 7-2 decision over Akron on the Fourth of July before falling 4-3 on Sunday.
Williamson, also a Marshall University graduate, currently leads Chicago’s pitching staff with a 1.02 ERA. So far this season, she’s pitched 20.2 innings and has two starts and five total appearances. She has a 1-1 record and has allowed 10 runs (just three earned) and 23 hits while walking 10 and striking out seven. Williamson has also hit one batter.
The ace of the Chicago staff is former U.S. Olympian Monica Abbott, who has a 3-2 record and 1.23 ERA. Abbott has fanned 45 and walked only 10 in 34.1 innings of work.
Abbott and Williamson played this winter, along with only a handful of Americans, in the Japanese professional women’s softball league.
Other Chicago pitchers include: Ellen Renfroe (1-3, 5.12 ERA); Estela Pinon (0-1, 5.35 ERA); Kirsten Vendun (0-0, 3.11 ERA); Michelle Gascoigne (3-2, 1.84 ERA); and Sara Moulton (5-0, 2.51 ERA).
The defending league champions, the USSSA Florida Pride, currently sit atop the NPF standings with a 16-6 record. The expansion Pennsylvania Rebellion are in last place with a 4-16 mark.
The top two teams are set to play a best-of-three championship series, set for Aug. 22-23 in Hoover, Ala. Last year, the league’s championship series – a best-of-three event between the Bandits and the Pride – was broadcast on ESPN2. The Pride beat Chicago two games to one.
The Bandits are scheduled to return to action on Thursday at home against the Rebellion.
The NPF made news over the weekend as the league announced a deal to broadcast games this season on CBS Sports Network.
The National Pro Fastpitch league has had a few games broadcast over the last couple of years on ESPN2. Other games have been streamed over the internet on ESPN3.com.