We are back "On the Beat" for our fourth season with the reigning back-to-back National Pro Fastpitch champion Chicago Bandits. Today, our coverage brings us to Abby Ramirez.
She originally caught my eye, because I had read about her prep career, including being named the Illinois Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in 2013. I wasn't necessarily even following women's softball then, but i knew of Abby!
Because of the Bandits and the NPF, I actually started to watch women's collegiate softball a few seasons ago. Abby was one of the first collegiate players I remember watching. She collected a bunch of awards and honors, including All-Big Ten Defensive Team at 2nd base in 2014, while playing for the University of Michigan.
After going undrafted, she signed with the Bandits last offseason. I am sure she was excited to join her hometown team, but I was also excited to see her play here, after watching her for years at Michigan.
In our interview, we talked to Abby about playing under the legendary Coach Carol Hutchins, joining her hometown team, her favorite things in Chicago and more. Though only a few games into her NPF career, we asked about her first impressions and we loved her answer.
I think Abby will have a long and successful career in the NPF. Bandit Nation already has embraced her, but that love will continue to grow. It's always special to watch local players succeed with the Bandits.
I really appreciate Abby's time and consideration. She is an excellent addition to the Bandits. Welcome home Abby!
I also want to thank the Bandits for their continued hospitality. The organization and the individuals make this such a joy. I encourage everyone to join the fun. Head to ChicagoBandits.com for more info and then head to a game (or two).