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).
To learn more about Michelle and the Bandits, head to ChicagoBandits.com. Also, return here often for our continuing coverage of the Bandits.