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Florence Darlington Tech Finishes Challenging Season as NJCAA Region X Runner-up


Tech finished the season with 3 wins and 2 losses in the region tournament. The last three weeks of the season was a real challenge due to injuries. Tech played the final three weeks with 8 healthy players and two players that experienced injuries. The Tech catcher (Kayla Stahltrager) broke her finger and the right fielder (Jessica Wurst) had an illness requiring projected surgery. So, Tech played several games with 8 players and one player just barely holding a position.

Tech finished the season with a 14 (w) and 6 (l) record in region play and 18 (w) and 15 (l) overall.

On Friday, 5/3/14, Tech won the first two games of the region tournament putting them in the driver's seat for the championship game on Saturday, 5/4/14, but Tech fell to Patrick Henry CC (PHCC) by a score of 5 to 2. Tech had defeated PHCC all four times that they played during the season, but lost in the third game of the tournament placing them the loser's bracket. Tech came back the second day and beat Surry CC 5 to 2 to get them to the semi-final game against PHCC.

Tech went up 3 to 1 in the second inning and Coach Watson decided to change pitchers to allow their starting pitchers (Bailey Jacobs) to get some needed rest. Taylor Norton pitched 1 and 1/2 innings giving up 2 earned runs and Morgan Farmer replaced her in the 4th inning giving up no runs. In the 6th innings with 2 on base Watson returned Jacobs to the mound to finish the innings. Tech finished the inning with 1 more run added. With a score of 5 to 3, Tech lost the game and finished runner-up in the region for the 2nd year in a row.

Tech garnished the following region awards-

All region 1st team-
  • Morgan Farmer- Wilson, NC
  • Taylor Norton- VA Beach, VA
  • Chelsey Napier- Monks Corner, SC
  • Bailey Jacobs- Bennettsville, SC
All region 2nd team-
  • Kelli Howard- Georgetown, SC
All Region Tournament Players-
  • Chelsey Napier
  • Morgan Farmer
  • Taylor Norton
  • Bailey Jacobs
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