Lowcountry Heat's season comes to an end with a final forfeit

ccox@islandpacket.comJuly 18, 2013 

The Lowcountry Heat's season will not end at the hands of Sumter after all.

Post 185 -- trailing 2-0 to the P-15s in its American Legion playoff series -- opted instead to forfeit the third game Thursday morning, effectively ending its season.

"It's unfortunate," coach Chris Seelbach said. "Regardless of whether or not you're down 2-0 against a good team, you want to play it out and see what happens and see if you can go further.

"The odds are against you, but you still want to take that chance. It just didn't work out."

The Heat were en route to Sumter on Wednesday night when P-15s coach Curtis Johnson called Seelbach to let him the know the game was being postponed due to weather.

That was as close as Post 185 would get to a game three.

"We carpooled up there yesterday because we didn't have a bus or a van," Seelbach recalled. "So I called one of the kids and said, 'Hey, we're rained out, y'all pass the word and tell everybody to turn around.'

"They called back about 15 minutes later and said, 'Coach, we don't want to play tomorrow, we just want to be done.'"

The forfeiture is a fitting end for a Heat team that struggled with participation over the last month of the season. Post 185 called off a League 1 championship game with Goose Creek on July 6 and also dealt with participation issues to end the regular season, which included a forfeit to the Beaufort Ospreys.

"It's indicative of the last part of the season," Seelbach said. "We really didn't have any issues the first three quarters of the season with any of this stuff, other than West Ashley forfeiting to us because they didn't have enough kids. It's just unfortunate."

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