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Spring Hill Dixie Angels go 2-2 in national softball championships

The only Hernando County Dixie team to reach the World Series this season enjoyed a good run at the softball championships in Sumter, S.C., last week.

The Spring Hill Dixie Angels, representing Florida, returned home last Tuesday after going 2-2 in the double elimination tournament. Angels coach Glenn Primavera said the team was happy with its results, despite being sent home before reaching the Series semifinals.

"We showed a lot of fight to come back and stay alive in a couple games," Primavera said. "The goal going in for us was to get to Monday, and we did that."

Spring Hill won its opening game against Louisiana 2-0. They had two contests Sunday, which the team split. The matchup with eventual World Series runners-up Mississippi in the morning game resulted in a 2-0 defeat.

Later that evening, with elimination on the line, the Angels survived a scare with South Carolina. Starting pitcher Abbey Primavera tossed three innings of shutout ball to begin the game, but was pulled because of Dixie regulations on pitching restraints.

Reliever Emily Vsetula picked up the victory shutting down the home team's bats in the bottom of the fifth. Heather Shagoury scored the run to put Spring Hill ahead in the top of the inning, scoring on a misplayed fly ball off the bat of Serena Brooks.

Spring Hill's run ended Monday night against Alabama, being overmatched 14-2.

BOWLING: The 21st annual PBA Spring Hill Open Pro-Am held two weekends ago at Spring Hill Lanes had some adjustments made to the results this past week.

Due to a miscalculation of the professional scores, Melissa Perez was originally left out of the top four B Division finishers. The four youth competitors included champion Brandon Cruz (1,540), LeAnn Militscher, (1,512), Sarah Sill (1,487) and Alyssa Clifton (1,481). After the tallies were corrected, Perez finished with a pin total of 1,535 and a second-place trophy.

Perez was helped along by three different professionals, one of whom shot a perfect game in the no-tap format. Allan Pomatto of Goose Creek, S.C., shot a 228 for her squad in the first game; Josh Chambliss of Charleston, S.C., shot a minimum score of 200 in Game 2; and Anthony Amodeo of Orlando tossed a 300 to finish the day.

LITTLE BUDDIES: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host Little Buddies Athletics programs this fall.

Little Buddies Soccer will be Tuesdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Players ages 3 to 5 are allowed to attend with a parent. Little Buddies Tennis, a program provided in conjunction with USTA Smart Start youth tennis, will be Mondays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 for ages 4 to 7. All classes will be at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. A fee of $60 per child includes a T-shirt.

For more information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.

PHYSICALS: Care One of Florida LLC will give school and sports physicals for all school-age children for $20.

Physicals will be conducted Wednesdays during August. No appointment is necessary. The locations are 12220 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville and 497 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill.

For more information, contact Erin Cantrell at (352) 683-1982 or (765) 215-7093 or by e-mail at

BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will hold registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, Monday, Thursday and Aug. 22. League officials will be in the office at the park accepting signups. Saturday dates run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and weekday dates run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2010, and cannot have turned 15 by Nov. 21. The cost for joining is $60 per child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration.

For more information, call Helen Keith at (352) 797-4934.

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