By TERRY JONES
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001
PLANT CITY -- Although Krista Willard bent some, she didn't break and led Lake Region to a 6-2 win over Plant City on Saturday. Raiders starter Miranda Gunn allowed three runs on three hits in the first inning and five runs and seven hits before being replaced in the fifth.
In three previous wins over the Thunder this season, the Raiders (17-6) had given up a total of three runs. "We had a meeting before the game. And I promised the team I would outcoach their coach, they would have to outplay their starters and Krista would have to outpitch Gunn," Lake Region coach Phil Schwing said. "We all did our part and knocked them out of the playoffs. The key was (Willard). She just outthrew Gunn today and earned her due."
After only four batters, the Thunder had three hits and two runs. The third run scored on an error. Lake Region added two runs on two hits and another Plant City error in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Jenna Thompson replaced Gunn in the fifth. She allowed a run on a pair of hits in the seventh. The Raiders' first run came in the first when Erica Euterkin drove in Gunn with a single. Shanna Mallory scored their final run in the fourth. She doubled and scored on a single by Thompson.
"I guess it was just not meant to be," Plant City coach Traci Durrance said. "We just could not get it together today."