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Green Devils turn offensive in PCAC

For the past week, the Green Devils were bedeviled by their hitting performance.

Splitting its last two games, St. Petersburg scored a combined two runs, a concern to coach Tim Comstock, whose team was averaging nearly 10 runs a game.

So upon their arrival at Seminole for Friday's Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game, the Green Devils tried a lot of things to make certain they wouldn't be vexed again.

Some wore ribbons, others dyed their hair green. There was even a banner tacked up in the the dugout that encouraged positive thoughts and was signed by everyone.

Apathy turned to victory as St. Petersburg (25-2) scored early and held on late to beat the Warhawks 6-4.

By pounding out 11 hits, the Green Devils solved their offensive woes and, as a result, snapped a streak of another kind.

Since the school opened in 1900, there has not been a softball conference title _ slow-pitch or fast-pitch _ it could call its own.

That's because Seminole is usually in the way.

The Warhawks won the past two PCAC title games and have long been the dominant team in the county, at least during the regular season.

But all that is now history.

"The girls kept yelling afterward, "We snapped the streak,"' Comstock said. "It meant a lot to the school and for the south county to win. The north has always been strong and Seminole has a history of being in this position. The girls were up for this one and wanted it a little bit more."

Besides wanting a trophy, St. Petersburg also wanted paybacks. Four days ago, Seminole handed the Green Devils one of their two losses and shut them out for the first time this year.

"That was disappointing, our exhibition of two hits the last time," Comstock said. "The girls don't like to lose. That loss was a wake-up call."

St. Petersburg made sure it wouldn't be shut out again. The Green Devils scored three runs in the first inning on singles by Erica Crane and Chrissy Fetzer that brought home Holli Yates and Nikki Myers, who also reached on singles.

Crane scored the other run when her sister, Jessica Crane, reached base on a fielder's choice.

After trading runs the next three innings, St. Petersburg was ahead 4-1. The Green Devils put the game away by scoring twice in the fifth inning for a 6-1 lead.

Seminole (23-4) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh before Myers beared down to get the final out. Myers won her 15th game, allowing nine hits and striking out nine.