By Paul Adkins
Andi Williamson and the Chicago Bandits dropped a pair of games on Saturday night in the NPF Championship Series as the USSSA Florida Pride rallied to claim the league title two games to one on Chicago’s home field, the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Ill.
The Pride had fallen to Chicago in the first game of the series on Friday night.
The Pride topped Williamson and the Bandits 5-0 in the opener on Saturday before an ESPN2 audience and then came back to knock off Chicago 2-1 in the decisive winner-take-all Game 3 in the nightcap.
Williamson pitched the first game on Saturday, hurling all six innings and allowing five runs on six hits with five strikeouts, three walks and a hit batter. She closed out at 9-3 on the season.
Cat Osterman was the starter and winner for the Pride as she pitched a complete-game, seven-inning shuout. She allowed four hits, while fanning five, walking three and hitting one batter. Monica Abbott took the loss within the circle for Chicago.
Osterman pitched in relief of starter Keilani Ricketts in Saturday night’s second game, coming on in the bottom of the fifth inning and getting out of a bases loaded jam. She then blanked Chicago in the sixth and seventh innings to earn the save.
The Pride went on top 1-0 in the nightcap with back-to-back doubles in the top of the second inning.
Then in the top of the fourth, Kristyn Sandberg ripped a solo homer to make it 2-0.
The Bandits cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth with Alisa Goler’s RBI single. It would prove to be the only run of the night for the Bandits in 14 innings.
Chicago was outhit 7-4 in Game 3 and finished the season with a 37-14 mark.
In the first game on Saturday night, Williamson pitched three scoreless innings before the Pride dented the scoreboard in the fourth with Andrea Duran’s two-run homer to left field.
The Pride then tagged Williamson for three runs in the sixth inning. Sandberg and Ricketts had RBI singles during the frame. Chicago was outhit 6-4.