BRADENTON -- The Saint Stephens softball team ended its season on a disappointing note, but can take away a lot of fond memories.
"Our girls have made some good strides. They brought home a 2014 district championship that we haven't head since 2008 and went to the region semifinal, which hasn't happened since 2006," Falcons head coach Mike Murphy said.
Unfortunately, host Saint Stephens ran into a good hitting Moore Haven team, which broke open a close game in the fifth and rolled to an 11-5 victory Tuesday in the Class 3A-Region3 semifinal.
"I don't think we played our best game today, but they fought from first inning to last inning and I am proud of them for that," Murphy said. "We were fighting a little adversity. We had four kids out yesterday (Monday) and our pitcher (Kirsten Samuels) was fighting off some sickness and still they didn't give up."
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The Terriers (18-4) banged out six hits, including a two run triple and scored seven runs in the fifth inning. They added two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Saint Stephens, which ended its season at 10-12, fought back to cut its deficit to 7-5 in its half of the fifth, but couldn't get any closer.
"It's a disappointment. We really wanted to win today and advance and I think the girls are capable of doing that so we didn't have our best game," Murphy said. "But in spite of that I think the season is a huge success and I am proud of everyone of them."
The Falcons got some offensive fireworks from Kayla Hayes, who had two hits and a two-run double. Lane Barnes had a two run single, Samuels had a two-run double and Sam Burgess went 2 for 2 and scored a run.
"We had a real strong season and made some huge strides in the three years that I've been here. We only lose three seniors and these girls have progressed quite a bit," Murphy said.