ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 16, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore announced the re-signing of 2013 Miken NPF Rookie of the Year, Andi Williamson for the 2014 season. Williamson’s signing is the first of the offseason for the Bandits.
“The organization is excited to have Andi back for the 2014 season,” stated Moore. “She originally came to Rosemont looking to tryout, but we instantly knew she would fit in to our roster after watching her throw a few times.
“She is one of the fiercest competitors the league has in the circle and I know the team and fans get fired up when she’s pitching. We’re fortunate to have her on our team and we’re looking at her to be a major contributor this season.”
Signed as a free agent out of Marshall University, Williamson didn’t miss a beat transitioning from the Thundering Herd to the Bandits pitching rotation. Williamson made 13 starts for the Bandits and she posted a record of 9-2 with an ERA of 1.67, the best among rookie pitchers and third overall in the league. In addition, Williamson allowed just 67 hits and 33 runs while striking out 50 batters in 75.1 innings pitched.
“I can’t wait to rejoin the Bandits again this summer,” said Williamson. “Everyone is working hard this off-season to bring that NPF Championship back to Rosemont. It’s going to be great year so I’m excited to get back there and start playing.”
Instantly a fan favorite in Rosemont, Williamson was named not only the NPF Rookie of the Year but also the Bandits Rookie of the Year at the team’s end-of-the year-banquet. Each award handed out at the banquet was voted on solely by the fans. She was also named to the 2013 All-NPF squad at the NPF Awards Banquet.
Williamson recently announced that she will be heading overseas to play with Team Toda of the Japan Softball League. She will begin play in February before returning to NPF action in June.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to inquire about becoming a season ticket holder for the 2014 season, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level. The roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (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.