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Baseball - 17. January 2014.

Rookie of the year steps back into circle for bandits 2014

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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

"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 [1] or call the front office at 877-722-6348.

About the Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro
Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an
opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a
professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie
Finch, Stacy May-Johnson 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. The 2014 season will be the Bandits
10th season in the NPF.

ABOUT NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in
Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.

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