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Ace Abbott returns for 2013 Bandits season

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  • Chicago Bandits pitcher Monica Abbott, who tossed a no-hitter and notched 14 wins last season, will return for her third NPF season with the Bandits, who play in Rosemont.

      Chicago Bandits pitcher Monica Abbott, who tossed a no-hitter and notched 14 wins last season, will return for her third NPF season with the Bandits, who play in Rosemont.
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By Daily Herald News Services

With back-to-back Pitcher of the Year titles in hand, Chicago Bandits ace Monica Abbott has re-signed for the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch season, general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Friday.

"Monica is the exact definition of an Ace and we're thrilled to have her back," Moore said. "Monica wants the ball when the game is online and I think her teammates feed off of her emotion in the circle."

Originally drafted out of the University of Tennessee in 2007, Abbott has played with the Washington Glory, USSSA Pride and Tennessee Diamonds before signing with the Rosemont-based Bandits in February 2011.

In her first season as a Bandit, Abbott was named Co-Pitcher of the Year and finished the season by pitching her way through the NPF Championship Series to secure the organization's second Cowles Cup Championship. Abbott dominated again in 2012, as she finished with a league-high 14 wins and 190 strikeouts during the regular season. In addition, she was named to the All-NPF team and took home the title of Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season.

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