Softball Cougar's Postseason Run Ends at Regional
The Rector Lady Cougars were eliminated from postseason play Friday, as they fell to McCrory in the first round of the 2A-North regional softball tournament at Marked Tree. The tourney had been scheduled to begin on Thursday at McCrory, but storms damaged the field and forced the switch.
The Rector girls came out of the recent 2A-3 district at Melbourne as the four seed, after falling to Salem in the second round and to Riverside in the third-fourth place seeding game.
With the lower seed, the RHS squad drew the potent Lady Jaguars and their record of 20-2 overall. And despite the change of location, the McCrory girls lived up to their advance billing as they shut-out the girls in blue 12-0. The following day the Jaguars fell to EPC in the semi-finals, then followed that up with a win over Salem in the third-fourth place seeding game for this week's state.
With the loss, Coach Dave Hendrix's squad finishes with an overall record of 6-8 and 5-5 in conference play. The team will also lose a good core of senior leadership with the impending graduation of Colbie Robinson, Sawyer Hendrix, Mylesa Gant and Gracie Cox.
On the bright side, freshman Morgan Garner stepped-up and had a strong season in the circle and a variety of other underclassmen also played a big role in their success, so the team is expected to return a good deal of talent.