Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Waccamaw High’s softball team’s quest for a second straight Class AA Lower State title ended on Friday night at the hands of region rival Dillon.
The Lady Warriors were undefeated in the Lower State playoffs and only had to beat the Wildcats once to claim the title. Dillon had to travel to Pawleys Island and win two games.
And they did, defeating Waccamaw 8-5 and 12-2.
“I thought … we were ready to play,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “We just ran into a team that just played a little bit better and wore us out in the end.”
Dillon banged out 17 hits in game one.
“I thought the first game was an excellent game, they just beat us. The second game, it was still only 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning.”
The first game was close until an inside-the-park home run plated three Dillon runs in the fifth inning. Waccamaw left fielder Nina Lowenbach tried to make a diving catch but missed by inches and the ball rolled to the corner of the outfield.
“That’s the worst thing that could have happened,” Streiffert said.
Waccamaw jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game on McKenzie Lugin’s two-run double.
Dillon got runs in the second and third, and the game remained tied after four innings.
A solo home run, three Waccamaw errors and three walks helped Dillon score eight runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Dillon was the last team to beat Waccamaw back on April 10. At the time, the Lady Warriors were 8-7.
They won the next 17 games.
“I look at the run we made in the second half of the year and I’m really proud of our kids,” Streiffert said. “In the middle of the year if you’d have said that we’d be here, I wouldn’t have been so sure.”
Waccamaw finished the season 25-9, the fourth most wins in program history.
“I’m as proud of our softball team this year as any team I’ve ever coached,” Streiffert said. “This team, we don’t have big kids, we don’t have a lot of kids that are strong and hit the ball over the fence but they’re hearts are big and they play hard.”
Waccamaw only had three seniors on this year’s squad. If all this year’s juniors return, there will be eight seniors next year.