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60-over Citrus Hills team 5th in La.

The Citrus Hills 60-and-over softball team represented Florida at the National Senior Sports Classic in Baton Rouge, La., last week and finished fifth out of 17 teams.

The team, made up of players from all over the North Suncoast, won four out of five before being eliminated June 16.

Paced by third baseman Ed Beatty, who hit .777 for the tournament, Citrus Hills edged Ohio 21-17, downed Oklahoma 19-12, beat Maryland 21-10, and defeated host Louisiana 20-8. Colorado ended Florida's run with an 18-7 victory.

Citrus Hills batted near .600 as a team. Outfielder Bill McAlister hit .739. Manager-shortstop Joe Yantus hit .650 and, against Ohio, parked the only homer in the 60-plus division over the left-centerfield wall. All the other round-trippers in the division were inside the park.

Chuck Osborn got the decision in all five games for Citrus Hills.

Tournaments: Terry's Plumbing of Sarasota won the United States Slowpitch Softball Association Class C/D men's rings tournament in New Port Richey on Sunday, edging out two area teams. The winning team in a rings tournament receives (what else?) championship rings.

Shotz of Ocala wound up second, followed by Yesterday's of New Port Richey.

In the Class E and church division, the Pasco Eagles from Hudson came out of the losers bracket to defeat Pit Boss Barbecue in two straight for the title.

The Eagles beat Pit Boss 8-4 and 14-11 after losing to Pit Boss early in the tournament. The Eagles now head to the state Independent Softball Association church tournament in Wildwood July 9-11.

In upcoming tournament news, an ISA church and coed tournament will be held at the Fivay Complex beginning Saturday.

The next rings tournament will be July 10-11 at the Mitchell Complex in New Port Richey for Class AA, A and A Minor men's and women's teams.

For further information on either tournament, contact Harry Johnson at the Hernando County Family YMCA at (904) 688-9622, or Steve Carmack at (813) 849-2717.

Street hockey: Four teams saw action last week as the inaugural YMCA's men's street hockey league got under way. Spring Hill Glass defeated Trouble 9-1, and Donnely's Deli beat the Marauders 9-2.

League softball: LaMantia Athletic Club I continues to lead the YMCA men's softball league with a 5-0 mark. LaMantia A.C. I is one full game ahead of the only other unbeaten team, One Stop (3-0).

The rest of the standings: Barriba's 3-1, Braves 3-2, LaMantia A.C. II 2-1, AJ's Sports Restaurant 2-2, Paw Trucking 2-2, Mariner Records 2-3, Benedetti's 1-3, Citrus Oldsmobile/Pontiac 1-2, Spring Hill Golf 0-2, KFC 0-2 and Suncoast Turf 0-4.

Golf: The Hernando County Recreation Division is hosting adult golf lessons starting Saturday.

Classes will last three weeks except Saturday sessions, which last four weeks. Instructor is Buzz Walker, and classes will be held at the County Line Golf Range, 9201 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The schedule: Saturday (June 26-July 24) _ Short game/Basic II, 8:30-10 a.m.; Basic I/Beginner, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Intermediate I, with woods, 1-2:30 p.m.; Intermediate II, woods and driver, 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday (June 28-July 14) _ Basic I/Beginner, 6-7 p.m.; Intermediate I, with woods, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday (June 29-July 15) _ Basic I/Beginner, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Short game/Basic II, 10-11 a.m.; Intermediate II, woods and driver, 11 a.m.-noon.

Pre-registration is required. For further information, contact the Hernando County Recreation Division at (904) 754-4031.

Swimming: The Hernando County Family YMCA is offering arthritis water exercise programs throughout the year.

The program is designed to increase motion, relieve stiffness, and strengthen muscles. No need to be a swimmer to attend. All sessions run Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 for facility members or $24 for program members. Program membership is $25 annually for adults and $10 for children. The Hernando County Family YMCA is located at 1300 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. For further information, call the YMCA at 688-9622.

Anyone with information about adult or senior recreational sports in Hernando County, please contact Jim Tomlin at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 3342 or Tim Buckley at 754-6117.

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