Kirsten Verdun was the 2010 Chicago Tribune Softball Player of the Year. She was a star pitcher for DePaul and then went on to pitch for the Chicago Bandits. Currently, she is an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
I like allof the Bandits. They are simply a class organization. Kirsten will always hold a special place in my memeories, though.
It was a warm summer night last season, when Kirsten struck me out in a legitimate exhibition game. That was truly one of the coolest experiencews I have had, even though I never had a chance to even touch one of her pitches. In an interview a few days later, Kirsten estimated that pitch at about 65 miles per hour, which translates to about 95 in reality. Like I admitted, I had no chance.
Still, Kisten was great. We joked about it later and all season actually. For her, I was just one more strikeout. For me, it was a once-in-a-liefetime chance. I am glad she didn't take it easy on me. I am even happier she didn't mock me, but of course, she wouldn't. Like her teammates, Kirsten is all class.
I wish her a lot of luck at Wisconsin. She's a sweet, talented young lady and I'll be watching her coaching career!
Kirsten Verdunand me in Rosemont, IL-July 2014.