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Greg's Car hits bump, but still leads

Greg's Car Center continues to dominate the county men's fall softball league at 10-0, but the season's 10th win did not come without a little seventh-inning surprise.

Greg's led Skidmore's Sports Supply 8-1 going into the top of the seventh, when Skidmore lead-off hitter Charlie Pope doubled, Carl Hoffman tripled and Roger Picard singled to start the inning. All three scored, and Skidmore's continued its rally with two-out singles by Mark Strifler, Ken Gamage and Tom Henery before a fielder's-choice ground ball to shortstop ended the game.

The key for Greg's was a six-run second inning in which 10 batters came to the plate, five reaching on hits. Greg's was led by Greg Green (2-for-3 with two runs scored) and lead-off hitter John Garton (2-for-4 with two runs scored).

In other games Tuesday, Discount Auto Parts beat Beverly Hills Kiwanis 18-0, and Pro-Line Boats beat Hideaway Pub 13-1.

League games are played on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River.

Standings: Greg's Car Center 10-0, Skidmore's Sport Supply 6-4, Pro-Line Boats 6-4, Hideaway Pub 5-4, Discount Auto Parts 4-4, ABC Pizza/Ray's Bar-B-Q 2-5, Beverly Hills Kiwanis 1-7, Bay Area 1-7.

Women's softball: In action last week, the Citrus County Squeeze beat the River Safari BMWs 17-2 to stay atop the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division's fall league.

Crystal River Bank, meanwhile, got by Crackers 10-7 to maintain sole possession of second place.

The Bank scored five in the first inning, three in the second and one in the third to take a 9-2 lead. But Crackers' defense stiffened in the late innings, denying the Bank any runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Crackers scored three in the fifth on singles by Terry Liddon and Cheryl Dumal and a double by Kathy Smith, then closed to within 9-7 in the sixth on a single by Judy Guthrie and three Bank errors.

For the Bank, Adria Gonzalaz was 3-for-4 with a triple and Jean Albert was 3-for-4. For Crackers, Gwen Ingram and Theresa Charette scored two runs apiece.

Only three weeks remain in the fall season, with the Squeeze and the Bank scheduled to play in the final game of the season on Oct. 28.

Horseshoes: Frank Yohn of the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Pitchers Association won his division at the 74th World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in July in Columbus, Ohio.

Yohn, who makes his permanent home in Princeton, Ill., placed first in Group F competition of the Intermediate Men's division with a 10-2 record and a 28.3 ringer percentage.

The tournament was played indoors at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on 43 portable courts. An all-time high of 1,700 pitchers were entered.