Tuesday, June 21, 2016

On the Beat With Tatum Edwards of the Chicago Bandits 2016

Our recurring coverage of the Chicago Bandits continues today with our interview with pitcher Tatum Edwards.  Actually, I probably should add "slugger" to her title, because she is seeing action at bat and in right field, too, this season.
Tatum and her sister Taylor had stellar careers at Nebraska.  Tatum was the 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.  Tatum's name is all over the Nebraska record books for her pitching and hitting.  She ranks in Nebraska's Top Ten in no-hitters (2), wins (70), shutouts (24), complete games (69), innings (623.1), strikeouts (551), winning percentage (.714), home runs (46), RBI (158), total bases (367), slugging percentage (.556), doubles (38) and walks (87).
Following her career at Nebraska, she signed with the Pennsylvania Rebellion.  After one season there, Tatum and Taylor were traded to the Bandits.  Last season, she was 3-3 with an ERA of 4.81 and 12 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.
This season, she is 0-1, but she has been doing damage with her batting.  She is 5-18 (.278), with 5 rbi's and 3 doubles.
During the recent homestand, I had the chance to catch up with Tatum.  We talked about her hitting and her goal of hitting a home run.  I think she'll do it this season.  We also talked about the championship season and other fun stuff.
In our interview last season, I learned Tatum has not been to "The Bean" in Chicago.  I had to find out if that has changed since then.
Tatum is another of the fine women athletes on the Chicago Bandits.  I continue to repeat that the Bandits are a class organization and players like Tatum prove my point.  You can learn more about Tatum and the Bandits at ChicagoBandits.com and also return here for recurring coverage.  Better yet, get out to see a game in person!

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