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First Posted: 1/15/2009

DURHAM – The Lumberton softball teams’ season came to an end on Tuesday via 3-0 loss at Durham Riverside in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs.
Riverside, the No. 1 seed from the PAC-6 conference advances to the second round of the playoffs on Friday.
Hannah Hayes, the Pirates’ head coach, was pleased with her teams’ effort.
“We played great, it was the best defensive game we’ve had all season,” Hayes said. “Their pitcher was pretty good and we had 11 strikeouts.”
Despite the loss, Hayes is already projecting a decent season in 2009 for Lumberton, who finished 10-10.
“Next year is looking up,” she said. “This is probably the best game we’ve played in the state playoffs in a long time. We’ve got some big positions to fill for next season, but I feel somebody will step up.”
Said Hayes about her teams reaction to the end of the season: “They were down at first and then they realized how well they played the game and how much they improved this season. They’re pretty satisfied, we fell a little short, but it happens.”

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