The season came to and end for the Chicago Bandits and local woman Andi Williamson.
The Bandits saw its National Professional Fastpitch season come to an end with last week’s 1-0 loss to the Akron Racers in the league semifinal round series at Hoover Met Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
With the win, Akron won the best-of-three series two games to one and advanced to play the USSSA Pride in the best-of-three league championship series, known as the Cowles Cup.
Akron scored its only run of the game with a Jessica Garcia solo homer in the fourth inning.
Monica Abbott got the start for the second time in the three-game series, while Lisa Norris stepped in to the circle for the Racers.
Norris picked up the complete game shutout victory, allowing just three base runners on two hits by Amber Patton and Emily Allard and a walk given up to Tammy Williams.
Abbott pitched all seven innings in the loss for the Bandits allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine batters.
Chicago failed to make it back to the NPF championship series. Last year, the Bandits lost two games to one in the best-of-three game finals.
Williamson did not pitch in the series with Akron.
This season, Williamson was 3-3 on the mound with a 2.84 ERA with the Bandits. She tossed 49.1 innings and allowed 20 earned runs on 53 hits with 24 strikeouts and 27 walks. She started 10 games and made three relief appearances.
Along with the Bandits, Williamson also plays in Japan for Team Toda and was expected to return to the team soon. Williamson played for Team Toda in their spring/summer series earlier this year.