The dream season for the Providence baseball team ended with a tough loss on Friday.
The Stallions pushed Clearwater Calvary Christian to the limit but couldn’t get past the Warriors in a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Providence (25-5) went down 5-3 in the top of the 10th, but trimmed that deficit to a run when Brooks Hicken drew a bases loaded walk. That left the bases packed before Calvary put Justin Mayes on the mound to try and get the final out.
Mayes induced a Nove Masci roller to second that preserved the win for Calvary.
Brett Dennis worked six innings of relief for Providence. The Stallions led 3-2 going into the fifth before a sacrifice fly by Mays knotted things up. The teams stayed that way until the 10th.
Liam O’Neil doubled and drove in two runs. Hicken also added a double. Providence was making its first final four appearance since 2016.