Andi Williamson notched her seventh win in her professional career last Saturday in New York as the Chicago Bandits beat the New York/New Jersey Comets 7-2 in the third game of a four-game series.
Chicago swept the last-place Comets 16-1 and 8-0 last Friday, then split on Saturday, also falling 5-2 in the series finale.
The Bandits still sit in first place in the National Professional Fastpitch standings with a 29-10 record. The USSSA Florida Pride are a game and a half back at 28-12. The Akron Racers (14-25) are third and the Comets (8-32) are last.
With Saturday’s win within the circle, Williamson improved her record to 7-2. The rookie pro pitcher, a 2009 Chapmanville Regional High School graduate and Harts native, pitched a complete game victory. Williamson fired seven innings and allowed two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. She threw 113 pitches — 68 of which went for strikes.
For the season, Williamson has a 1.94 ERA — the fifth-best in the league. She has tossed 61.1 innings and has allowed 55 hits and 31 runs (17 earned) with 30 issued walks and 39 strikeouts.
Williamson’s Chicago teammate, Monica Abbott, a member of the 2008 United States Olympic softball team, leads the league in ERA at 0.83. She has a 14-4 record and has tossed 100.2 innings, allowing only 12 earned runs with only 17 walks and a whopping 160 strikeouts.
The Pride’s Cat Osterman leads the NPF league with 201 strikeouts.
Williamson and the Chicago Bandits are likely to play the Pride in the league championship series at the end of the month.
The Bandits have just eight games left in the regular season. Chicago is set to begin a four-game series in Akron beginning tonight and finishing up on Sunday.
Chicago then closes out the season Aug. 14-17 with a four-game home stand against the Pride.