Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stallions Struggle at Plate, Fall Short; Port St. Joe Jumps to Early Lead and Holds on to Beat Providence

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stallions Struggle at Plate, Fall Short; Port St. Joe Jumps to Early Lead and Holds on to Beat Providence

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Byline: FRANCINE KING

PLANT CITY - Pitcher Kayla Minger all but silenced the Providence softball team's bats as the Stallions fell 4-0 to Port St. Joe in the Class 2A state semifinals at Plant City Stadium.

Providence (19-11), which finished as the runner-up in 2A last season, managed just three hits against Minger, who struck out eight.

"It just seemed like they had exactly what we couldn't hit written down," said junior catcher Nicole Gouldthread, who struck out three times. "She was on fire today.

"A lot of her pitches would break at the right time to where you would swing, and it would just go over your bat or just go right of your bat."

The Stallions, who fell behind 3-0 in the first three innings, finally found their rhythm late, putting runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.

"We played tough games like this all year," coach Steve Callahan said. "You can't get the one little bloop hit. …

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