Lady Falcons softball season comes to an end
By Will Isgett
Having to beat a team twice on the same day is tough in any sport. Last Friday, the Darlington Lady Falcons softball team had that tall task ahead of them as they traveled to Gilbert to take on the Lady Indians in the District 5 Class 3A lower state championship bracket. In the end, the Lady Indians were too much to handle as they downed Darlington 8-1 ending another successful season for the Lady Falcons.
“This year we had a good season but could have ended better,” Darlington Head Coach Tim Wiley said. “Our defense was one of our stronger parts of our game this year but let us down in the district final.”
Among the accomplishments this year for Darlington were a second place finish in the region to rival Hartsville and finishing one win shy of twenty with a 19-11 overall record.
“We look forward to next season with the new kids coming in and with some strong returning players,” Wiley said. “ I think we will have some impact players as 7th graders and we are looking forward to the next few years.”
To reach the Gilbert game, Darlington had to battle it’s way back through the loser’s bracket of the district. After an 11-2 opening round win over Hilton Head the Lady Falcons faced Gilbert in the winner’s bracket and fell 12-4 which meant they would have to win two games at Gilbert to take the title and advance to the lower state title game.
Darlington took care of Hilton Head 5-2 in an elimination game at Lady Falcon field last Wednesday to put itself back in contention for the district title.
In a tight ballgame, Darlington took an early 1-0 lead before Hilton Head struck for two runs in the third inning.
That lead didn’t last long as the Lady Falcons scored two runs keyed by a Kirsten Stone single to center and a Sydney Blackmon double to left.
Darlington put the game away in the fifth inning after Stone homered to center field Blackmon scored on a single by Chloe Hicks.
Against Gilbert, Darlington hung close early but couldn’t produce the runs it needed to beat the Lady Indians.
Gilbert jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Lady Falcons scored it’s only run in the third inning on a Lillie Baumbach single and she came around to score on a sacrifice by Haley Clark.