The softball season came to an end for Lake Placid with an 11-1 loss to Mulberry in the semifinals of the Class 4A-District 10 tournament on Tuesday night, while Sebring advanced to the championship game with a 3-1 win over Lake Gibson in the semifinals of the Class 6A-District 9 game on Tuesday.
“We got solid pitching from Hannah Lollis and just enough offense for the win,” said Sebring softball coach Joe Sinness.
The Blue Streaks, who improved to 13-8 on the season, will play Winter Haven for the district title on Friday night.
Lake Placid jumped in front of Mulberry in the top of the third inning as Raveen Gobourne reached first base on an infield single, stole second base and scored on a Panther throwing error to give the Green Dragons a 1-0 lead.
Mulberry answered in the bottom of the frame as April Stevens singled and Haley Emmanuel sacrificed her to second base.
Shain Warren walked and Brandy Richardson worked a base-on-balls off of Green Dragon right-hander Holly Krett. Erica Morrisey smacked a run-scoring single, Autumn Terwilliger laced a two-run double to left-center field and Sammi McNally capped the inning with a two-run single to center field to give the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
Lake Placid had trouble putting the ball in play against hard-throwing right-hander Morrisey, who allowed three hits and struck out eight in her six innings of work.
Mulberry tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Morrisey and Terwilliger singled and McNally ripped a two-run double to right-center field.
Stevens slapped an RBI single and a wild pitch scored a run to make it 9-1.
Lake Placid had a pair of runners on in the top of the sixth inning but failed to capitalize on its scoring opportunity.
The Panthers plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Mulberry plays DeSoto for the district championship on Friday night, while the Green Dragons finish the season with an 8-8 record.
“Errors killed us,” said Lake Placid softball coach Alesia Cheshire. “We did it to ourselves and we didn’t make contact and put the ball in play at the plate.
“I’m proud of the girls because we had a good season and we improved quite a lot from the start of the season.”
The future is bright for Lake Placid, which has a solid nucleus of players returning next season.
“We only lose four seniors off the squad,” Cheshire said. “If we can get the girls to play travel ball over the summer that would help our development tremendously.
“We’re playing against teams that most of their girls play travel ball and if we want to compete for a district championship, we have to do the same thing.”