After losing its first 11 games, Adelphi completely turned around its season, reaching the Division II softball World Series.
But the magical ride is over.
After defeating the University of Central Missouri, 4-1, in the first round at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Panthers dropped a 2-0 decision to Dixie State Friday night, then lost, 8-0, to the University of North Georgia Saturday afternoon to be bumped from the double-elimination tournament.
"I think we played a really good team, so we need to tip our hats to them. I'm really proud of our kids and their efforts throughout the weekend and now we have a little bit better idea of what the best teams in the nation look like," coach Bree Nasti said. "Until you get here you don't always know what that looks like. I can't say enough about our team."
North Georgia opened the scoring in the first inning on a two-run home run by Tiffanie Burns. The Nighthawks added two runs in the third and one in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. When they added three runs in the fifth, the game was called because of the run rule.
Adelphi (31-22), which was held to two hits, was making its first appearance in the Division II World Series since moving to Division II in 1995.
"This is a place of legends and that's something that you keep in your mind when you're on the field," said Adelphi's Jaclyn Binstock of Centereach. "I also think that for us it kind of felt like home. Regardless of what field we play on, we show up and play Adelphi softball and unfortunately today it didn't work out in our favor."