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Warhawks suffer first loss 5-3

Throughout the regular season, Seminole has done all the little things to put together an undefeated mark.

Usually, the Warhawks could count on a couple of run-scoring hits, a strong pitching performance or a late rally to keep their seven-game winning streak alive.

That is, usually.

On Wednesday, they couldn't rely on those things and it caught up with them against Bradenton Manatee.

This time, runners were stranded, hits were given up and there was no late rally. It all added up to a frustrating 5-3 loss.

"The bottom line is we didn't come to play," Seminole coach Mark DeRuzzo said. "We were coming off a big win and it seemed like our heads really weren't in the game."

The Warhawks had everything in order to start the week. There was a team dinner on Monday and a 3-0 victory over district and conference rival Countryside the following day.

But against Manatee Seminole couldn't gather enough momentum to pull through.

Trailing 2-0, the Warhawks scored a run in the first and second inning to tie the game. They went ahead in the fourth when Nicki Robbins scored on Courtney Lewellen's groundout.

The Hurricanes bounced back, though, scoring two in the fifth and adding another in the sixth for a 5-3 lead.

The Warhawks (7-1) matched Manatee hit for hit. They just couldn't keep up in runs. Twice Seminole had the bases loaded and came away with nothing.

"We just didn't get the key hit and they did," DeRuzzo said.

Despite the loss, which didn't count toward conference or district standings, Seminole still holds the best record in the county and is one win from wrapping up the PCAC's North Division.

"We've been on a roll and it can catch up to you when you don't stay focused," DeRuzzo said.