Williamson picks up second pro win with Chicago Bandits
by Paul Adkins
Andi Williamson picked up her second win as a professional softball player as the Chicago Bandits won 8-1 over the USSSA Florida Pride on Saturday at the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Ill.
The Bandits took three of four weekend games with the Pride and current stand at 9-3 in first place in the National Professional Fastpitch league.
Williamson, a 2009 Chapmanville Regional High School graduate and former Marshall University pitcher, tossed five complete innings and struck out seven batters in picking up the win.
Michelle Gascoigne replaced Williamson on the mound in the sixth inning and tossed two shutout innings to finish off the win.
Tammy Williams hit a home run for Chicago. Megan Wiggins was 3-for-3 and raised her batting average to .594.
The game was played before a crowd of 780 fans.
On Sunday, the Bandits won 1-0 over the Pride before 1,439 fans.
The game featured a pitching duel between former United States Olympians Monica Abbott of the Bandits and Cat Osterman of the Pride.
Abbott pitched the shutout win and raised her season mark to 4-1. She has a 0.24 ERA. Osterman fell to 4-1. Her ERA is also very low at 0.85. Abbott struck out 12 batters on the day, bringing her season total to 50. Osterman fanned 11 and has 61 punchouts for the season.
Chicago scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning as Wiggins walked and scored on Eri Yamanda’s RBI double to left center.
The Bandits will look to stay atop the NPF standings as they travel to Akron, Ohio, to take on the Racers in a four-game series beginning on Thursday. The first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. The two teams meet again on Friday and then again on Saturday and Sunday.
The Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN2. Saturday’s game is set for 12:05 p.m. Sunday’s game is slated to begin at 3:05 p.m.
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