After the Chicago Bandits won the NPF title last year, I thought I'd have to wait until June 2017 to see softball again. Then I discovered the Northwestern Wildcats had a tournament in October. Since I fell in love with women's softball, the Wildcats presented a new and different opportunity.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Heach Coach Kate Drohan prior to the tournament. That interview can be found at On the Beat With Coach Kate Drohan of the Northwestern Wildcats.
I was immediately impressed with Coach Drohan. She seemed to have a great blend of the necessities to be a great coach. In our short chat (on and off camera), she showed respect, humor, enthusiasm, knowledge and more.
I walked away really looking forward to the 2017 season, which started in February. Conference play would start in March and that signaled some home games. Last weekend, conference play started and I was aesconsed in a sea of purple as I watched the three game series against the Wisconsin Badgers. Unfortunately, the Purple lost two of three to the Red, but the games were exciting. I saw several great defensive plays in the outfield. I am not exagerrating when I saw, the Badgers were robbed of at least two home runs. My full recap can be found on the Patch at Back on the Beat With the Northwestern Wildcats.
I am looking forward to a lot of exciting softball action in Evanston this season. Maybe I'll even see some future Bandits on the field. For more info on the NU Wildcats, including the schedule, roster and other interesting stuff, check out NUSports.com.
Kate Drohan and me in Evanston, IL-October 2016.