Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh
GREENSBORO — Another year, another heartbreak.
Cape Fear, playing in its third NCHSAA 4-A state final in four years, fell in straight games to North Davidson, following a 4-0 loss Friday with a 3-2 defeat Saturday morning.
The scene Saturday at UNC Greensboro was all too familiar to the Colts and coach Jeff McPhail, who led the 2014 and 2016 teams to state runner-up finishes.
Last year, the Colts came within a run of forcing a third game with eventual champion West Forsyth but fell short.
After recovering from an early deficit Saturday, nationally ranked Cape Fear suffered the same fate against North (29-5).
“You do everything throughout the year until you get right here, and you just don’t know what to do,” McPhail said. “You’ve just got to keep on going. She (North freshman Regan Spencer) is a great pitcher, but you’ve got to have a little luck and a play or two on your side in the game that goes your way. The last three times, it’s always a play away. Last year was the same thing.”
Cape Fear (28-3) overcame a two-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning.