The Chicago Bandits are 21-3 and in first place. I recapped the last week for Global Traveler at National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits.
Handling first base is Courtney Gano. In 16 games, with 32 at bats, Courtney is hitting .250 with 4 rbi's, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Last season, she hit .384 in 31 games. She also has a .949 fielding percentage.
A star at the University of Washington, Courtney is in her second season in the NPF and the Bandits. Her mom was an All-American softball player for Cal Poly Pomona. She also has played with the Italian-base Softball Club Forlì.
Courtney is another fan favorite. I have seen many youngsters admire her for her play and for her glasses. Actually prescription glasses are a rarity in pro softball, but Courtney successfully wears them and is a role model for glasses-wearing youngsters.
As a kid who has worn glasses all my life, I always had a soft spot for ball players who wore glasses. As contacts became more common, glass wearers were less common. I clung to the dwindling number of bespectacled players. Courtney is that player for Bandits fans.
Of course, she has much more to offer than just her eyewear. She is extremely good with the fans. I see many Gano jerseys in the crowd.
It's been a pleasure watching Courtney develop in the league and knowing her off the field as well. She is a class act and another great ambassador for the team and the league.
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Courtney Gano and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2019.