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Summer softball champs crowned

The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department wrapped up its summer softball seasons recently with championship games in the men's, women's and co-ed recreational leagues at fields behind the Jerome Brown Community Center.

Farm Bureau captured the men's title with a 13-12 victory over Beef 'O' Brady's, which reached the final for the third time in the past four seasons without a championship to show for it.

Farm Bureau (10-2) finished the summer with the best record, followed by Coney Island Drive Inn, the defending champion from the winter league. The Beef 'O' Brady's run to the title game was somewhat of an upset considering its 6-6 record.

The women's championship may have been the most notable as Spring Hill MRI continued its dominance of the league. For the third consecutive season, the team not only won the league title, but went undefeated.

Spring Hill MRI (18-0) knocked off Foster's Roofing 13-1 in the final. The victory was Spring Hill's 48th in a row, dating back to the beginning of last summer. The team has not lost since the title game of the 2011 winter league.

Foster's Roofing was the league runner-up, and Bene's Beauties and In the Moment Photography rounded out the standings.

The co-ed crown went to Coney Island in a 27-15 win over White's Septic.

Coney Island (12-0) has also dominated its division over the past few years, winning every title dating back to the 2011 winter league. The team has only lost three times in this span.

White's Septic upset EVOM in the semifinals to finish as the league runner-up.

SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors is holding the annual draft for its fall softball season later this month.

The league is open to players 55 and older and starts in September. There are open practices for anyone interested at 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Veterans Memorial Park on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. All current players and those looking to sign up are welcome.

Practices will run throughout August; scrimmage games will start in mid August.

For information, call league commissioner Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575.

MORRISON BASEBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Recreation Department is hosting the Tony "Red" Morrison Baseball Camp from Aug. 12 to 16 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The camp is geared for youth baseball players with previous experience who are interested in improving their skills. Morrison was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of 1987 Major League Baseball draft. Although he never reached the big leagues, he holds a career 3.98 earned-run average in A and Double-A competition.

The clinic will be open to youth ages 7 to 12 at a cost of $100 per camper. The camp will begin at 9 a.m. each day and finish at 3 p.m. Participants will need to bring their own cleats, glove, bat, helmet, lunch, a water bottle and sunscreen.

For information or to register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.

RED MULE LABOR DAY 5K: The 32nd annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5K will take place at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 at McKethan Lake Park, north of Brooksville.

Awards will be given to overall male and female, masters male and female, grandmaster male and female and three-deep winners in each age division, and five deep for ages 14 to 19. Corporate sponsorship opportunities for race T-shirts are also available.

Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 or $25 on race day. Multicolored T-shirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered runners. Registration is available online at

For more information, contact Ken Dent at (352) 382-4870, (352) 476-4736 or

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Summer softball champs crowned 08/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 4:55pm]
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