It’s hard to say which group was more surprised last week – the players on the Niceville and Crestview teams or their fans.
Either way, neither expected the Navarre Raiders to win the District 1-7A tournament in such dramatic fashion. Navarre defeated Crestview 10-0 in six innings to win the championship Thursday night, two days after beating Niceville 9-1 in the district semifinal.
The district title is the first for Navarre since 2002 and the win propels the Raiders into Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional quarterfinal against Tallahassee Lincoln in Navarre.
Lincoln lost 9-3 to Chiles in its district tournament final last week but advances to the regional as the District 2-7A runner-up.
Navarre (19-6), normally a bump in the road for area baseball powers, was ready to go against top-seeded Niceville, which had just one district loss.
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