No second state title for Lady Warriors

  • Monday, May 20, 2013

Chris Sokoloski/Times
A Crescent High School player begins to run to second base before Waccamaw High’s McKenzie Lugin releases a pitch during the state championship game. High school softball rules prohibit a player from leaving the base before the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

By Chris Sokoloski

Waccamaw High’s dreams of a second Class AA softball championship in three years ended with an 8-1 loss to Crescent last week.
“Tonight we just never had any traction,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “[It] was one of those nights, and I’m not going to let that dampen an amazing season for an amazing group of kids. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the way they’ve played all year.”
The Lady Tigers started quickly, taking advantage of Waccamaw throwing errors and scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
“We didn’t get off to a very good start,” Streiffert said. “They’re very fast and we didn’t handle their speed very well in the first inning [on Monday] and we worked on it all day [Tuesday] and obviously we just didn’t handle it.”
After Crescent added a run in the top of the second inning, Waccamaw had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second and third innings but couldn’t convert.
“It was somewhat frustrating,” Streiffert said. “We had the bases loaded once, we had second and third once with less than two outs and we just couldn’t get going. I felt like if we could get a hit and get a couple of runs we could get back in the game.”
The Tigers plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning before a diving catch by Olivia Dunlap ended the inning and prevented two more runs from scoring.
Waccamaw finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Leah Bogosian reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice by Emily Heimberger. After Dunalp singled, Bogosian scored on a sacrifice by Riley Morris.
Crescent added a run in the sixth to close out the scoring. The Tigers have won 19 state softball titles.
“Give them credit,” Streiffert said. “They’ve got a really good team and an outstanding program. We’ve been down this road with them three times and they’ve won two and we were fortunate enough to win one.”
“I think we were overconfident a little bit, but that’s not always bad,” senior Melaina Moore said. “I’m just so proud of this team, win or lose no one would have thought we would get this far and I’m so proud.”
Waccamaw lost to Crescent in 2009 in the state championship and then beat the Tigers for the title in 2010.
Next year’s Waccamaw squad will return four starters and both pitchers.
Morris said the younger players now know what to expect if they get a chance to play for the title next year.
“The exposure to the state championship, they’re not used to this crowd level, after doing it this year they should accustomed to it next year.”
Waccamaw finished the season with 28 wins, the third highest total in the program’s history.

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