Softball: Region 7-3A goes down 1-2-3 in district finals

124The North Myrtle Beach softball team’s surprising season came to a close Friday with a disappointing doubleheader defeat to visiting Darlington.

The top-seeded Lady Chiefs (22-5) welcomed the Lady Falcons after winning Monday’s first meeting 3-0 and needing only one win to advance to the Lower State tournament.

Darlington had different ideas, however, sweeping the twinbill by scores of 6-1 and 7-0 to claim the district tourney title and advance to the Lower State bracket.

Darlington won the first game 6-1, using six errors by North Myrtle Beach to force the deciding nightcap. The Lady Chiefs managed only two hits, including a double by Rayni Newman and the Lady Chiefs’ lone run.

The story was much the same in the second game as Darlington dominated throughout, ending North Myrtle Beach’s best season since 2005. The Lady Chiefs were held to one hit in the nightcap.

* Hartsville 8, St. James 2: The Lady Red Foxes broke open a close game in the third inning to end the Lady Sharks’ season in the district finals.

* Midland Valley 8, Socastee 2: The Lady Braves lost to Midland Valley for the second time this week to end their season in the district finals.

Photo by Tyler Watkins

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