by Rachel Pfeiffer-Fastpitch Network
The Beverly Bandits are known for playing winning softball and sending players on to successful college and even professional softball careers. However, like most organizations, the Bandits began small.
In the mid-’90s, Beverly Park needed to start a girls’ softball program. Bill Conroy volunteered to head up the effort, and his teams did well in their first season. When they reached the all-star games, though, they quickly realized they had more to learn.
“We were throwing slingshot, probably around 30 to 35 miles per hour. The first time I saw somebody pitch windmill I asked the umpire if that was legal,” Conroy says with a laugh.