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Tony Feddeler and I enjoyed a lot of Athletes Unlimited softball games last season. A longtime fan of the now defunct National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits, Tony was the perfect game mate for me. We both loe softball and miss the Bandits.
AU is a different type league though. It's based on a fantasy points type scoring system. Team change every week and there is only one individual champion at the end of the season. That sounds odd and at times it is a bit strange following and cheering for players and nota team. Still, it comes down to simple softball and that is what we love.
After one of the games, Tony met Sis Bates, one of his favorite players. A former star at the University of Washington, Bates is also on the US National team. She is an elite shortstop on defense and offense. She's extremely fan friendly and thus a fan favorite.
We hope Bates will ba back for AU SB 2023. We know we will return, as we are now season ticket holders.
Go to AUProSports.com for more info on all of AU sports leagues. AU Softball returns to Rosemont, IL in August.