Sunday, July 24, 2016

On the Beat With Michelle Gascoigne of the Chicago Bandits 2016

Today our recurring coverage of the Chicago Bandits leads us to Michelle Gascoigne.  A product of the University of Oklahome, Michelle is in her fourth year with the Bandits (and the NPF).
While at Oklahoma, she threw a perfect game and also was a 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist and an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2013.  That lead her to being the seventh overall selection in the 2013 NPF draft.
Michelle had an outstanding rookie season, going 6-1 with four complete games, while having an ERA of 1.92.  She has won 6 games in every season and is on pace for that again this season.
In our interview, I asked Michelle about charting on her non-pitching days.  Non-pitching doesn't mean off day, as Michelle explains.  Actually, I didn't quite realize how involved the players were in such activities.
Pitch charting is also a good experience for her coaching career.  Michelle talks about her current coaching status and her future plans.  Michelle still has a long future in the NPF, but she will also have a successful coaching career.
It has been a real pleasure watching Michelle over the last few years.  She is a class act and a real competitor  I had to laugh last year, when during pre-game warmups of my big at-bat game, she wished me luck, but the look in her eyes told me I had no chance (she was right). 
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