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Bandits Re-sign 2009 Defensive Player of the Year for Another Season

Tammy Williams (Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

ROSEMONT, Ill. – February 12, 2014
- Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore announced the re-signing of shortstop Tammy Williams for the 2014 season. This will be her fifth season in a Bandits uniform. 
 
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue playing for my fifth season with the Bandits,” said Williams. “I can’t wait to get this 2014 season started and get back to work bring the Cowles Cup trophy back to our amazing fans and the Village of Rosemont.”
 
The 10th overall pick in the 2009 NPF College Draft out of Northwestern University, Williams quickly made a name for herself in the league capturing both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. 
 
“Championship teams are most often built through the middle and that makes the re-signing of Tammy even more important to the Bandits,” exclaimed Moore.  “She is an absolute gamer that brings it each time she steps on the field.  Not only does she bring the best out of her own teammates, but she also brings out the best in the fans and the opposition.  
 
“Tammy is definitely a big piece to the Bandits and to the NPF as a whole.”
 
After spending the 2010 season with Team USA and Team Denzo of the Japan Softball League, Williams has come back and been a consistent and fierce part of the Bandits defense. 
 
Her 68 putouts were second best among shortstops while she led the league with 96 assists, turning 14 double plays with a fielding percentage of .948. 
 
At the plate, she batted .362 with 21 RBIs including five homeruns with an on-base percentage of .401 and 10 stolen bases. 
 
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Tammy back for another season,” said Bandits head coach, Mike Steuerwald. “There is no better competitor or player I want anchoring the middle of our defense on a daily basis. 
 
“She is a constant when it comes to her work ethic and preparation to get herself ready each and every game.”

For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.

The 2014 home opener is set for Saturday, May 31 when the Bandits host the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Single-game tickets for all 2014 home games, including the home opener will go on sale Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. CT. 
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.
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.