ST. PETERSBURG — For the second year in a row, a Class 3A regional softball final was filled with Seminoles.
Moore Haven’s Sunni Bearden, Sydnee Cypress, Kalgary Johns and Diamond Shore faced Admiral Farragut’s Martina Herrera and an injured Deliah Carrillo in St. Petersburg April 26 with a trip to the state final four up for grabs.
Last year, Moore Haven edged Farragut, 1-0, to advance to Vero Beach. However, this time Farragut moved on thanks to a two-run last at-bat rally that lifted the hosts tot a 2-1 win.
Farragut’s dreams of playing for a state title fell one game short with a 4-2 loss to University Christian in the state semifinals. Still, Farragut finished a successful season with an 18-3 record that included district and regional titles.
Farragut should be strong again next season considering most of the squad will be back. Martina and Deliah are juniors. Deliah did not play against Moore Haven due to an injury.
Moore Haven wrapped up its season with a 17-9 record. Sydnee led the Tribe’s players in batting with a .346 average followed by Diamond (.333), Sunni (.308) and Kalgary (.250).
Moore Haven won its district championship game against Evangelical Christian on April 14. Sunni led the squad with a 3-for-4 night that included three runs scored and one RBI. Sydnee had two hits, two runs scored and one RBI.
Moore Haven will lose Kalgary, a senior, but Sydnee, Sunni and Diamond will be back.