Abbott & Bandits Steal 2015 Pro Crown

Monica Abbott Guides Chicago to 3rd NPF Title

By TSC Analyst/Contributor DANIEL URBAN

HOOVER  Despite a stacked roster and the morale boost of knowing it would be superstar Cat Osterman's last season, the Pride were defeated by the Chicago Bandits in two straight games.

The games were everything a true softball fan could have wanted in a championship matchup.  Cat Osterman faced off against Monica Abbott two games in a row.  But unlike the last two years, this time Abbott and the Bandits found a way to come out on top.

In Game 1 Abbott brought her A+ game and threw a complete-game shutout with only 2 hits against 5 strikeouts.

Osterman was almost equally brilliant.  She also threw 7 innings and struck out 8 while allowing only 3 hits with just one walk.

The only run scored during the game was an unearned run!  It took a Pride throwing error and a misplayed ball on consecutive plays to allow Bandit shortstop Tammy Williams to score. 

Game 2 was very similar to the first and it had a similar result.  Abbott again faced off against Osterman.  Abbott struck out 8 and allowed just 2 hits.  She threw her second consecutive shutout.

Osterman pulled her weight for sure: she pitched 7 innings and allowed only 1 earned run on 4 hits and struck out 6.

So the Bandits take their 3rd Cowles Cup title.  The previous two were in 2008 and 2011.  Congrats to the 2015 Chicago Bandits! Read more.