Amanda Chidester was a star at the University of Michigan. In her four seasons with the Wolverines, she hit .355, with 40 homeruns, 200 rbi's and 157 runs scored in 231 games. She was twice selected as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.
She has also found success on the international scene. She was a silver medalist twice and a gold medalist twice in the WBSC Women's World Championships of 2012, '14 and '16. Earlier this year, she was named to the 2020 Olympics roster for Team USA.
After Michigan, she was selected 11th overall in the third round of the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers. In 2019, Amanda was named the NPF Player of the Year, NPF Offensive Player of the Year, and Home Run Award winner. For the season, Amanda hit .377, with 15 homeruns, 35 rbi's and 25 runs scored.
I will always have a special place in my heart for Amanda, as she was the catcher for my first pitch last summer. The pitch was a "bit" high, but Amanda stretched and caught it, saving me from an overthrow. After the catch, I told her how much I appreciate that effort. We had a good laugh about it.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda during last season's NPF championship. That can be found at On the Beat With Amanda Chidester.
I really am looking forward to watching Team USA in the 2020 Olympics in July. I especially am excited about seeing Amanda and the other Bandits (Ally Carda, Delaney Spaulding and Hannah Flippen).
Amanda Chidester and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2019.