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Black Diamond women go to 7-0

Black Diamond broke a 7-7 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth to claim a 10-7 victory over Independent Aggregate on Friday and stand undefeated at 7-0 after the first half of play in the City of Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation fall women's softball league.

Black Diamond took control of a see-saw battle through four innings with five hits in the top of the fifth, including a two-run double by Alma Rowland down the leftfield line. For the game, Marilyn Rowe was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Brenda Clevenger 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

For Independent Aggregate (7-1), Myra Middlesworth was 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot while Bev Nelson went 2-for-3 and Ruth Ruppert, Darlene Simon and Stacey Cerveney each 2-for-4. But Independent was unable to get key hits with runners in scoring position in the late innings.

The two will meet again on Nov. 7.

In other league action, Fagan D.D.S. scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 12-8 victory over Southern Sun. Vicki Tapley, who was 2-for-3 with a double, started the rally with a leadoff single.

Games are played on Tuesday and Friday nights at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness.

City men: Cat's Meow Florist topped Subway/Hayes Health Food 7-3 in action Monday in the City of Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation fall men's softball league. James David and Jerry Gilbert each went 3-for-3 for the victors, who led 7-0 before surrendering three runs in the top of the seventh.

Games are played on Monday and Thursday nights at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness.

County men: Southern Timber weathered the threat posed by Nature Coast Tuesday night and posted an 8-7 victory to remain atop the standings in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division men's fall softball league.

Consecutive singles by Mike Downing, Toby Klein, Denver Turner and Mike Humphreys helped Southern Timber (10-1) to four runs in the top of the first inning. Nature Coast (8-2) answered with two runs in the home first and single runs in the second and third before a run-scoring single by Al Manville tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth.

But Hugh Littlefield singled, Scott Halstead reached on an error, John Garton singled, and all wound up scoring for Southern Timber in the top of the fifth. A single by Mike Hampton and sacrifice fly from Downing drove in two of the runs.

Nature Coast countered with two runs in the fifth. Mark Jones' double was the key blow, but neither team scored in the final two innings.

Black Diamond beat Sportsters/Gator Auto Transport 12-3, and Skidmore's Sports Supply pounded Pro-Line Boats 24-5 in other games Tuesday.

Javier Hernandez had a RBI triple for Black Diamond in a seven-run sixth inning. That hit was followed by four singles and a two-run double off the bat of Craig Fredrick.

Rufus Minard paced Skidmore's to victory with an inside-the-park homer, double, two singles and six RBI. The homer was part of a six-run uprising in the third inning. Jay Simpson added a two-run homer during another six-run outburst in the seventh.

Games played Monday saw First Baptist Church of Crystal River stop Gulf Coast Ford 20-5, Kirk Realty down Sportsters/Gator Auto Transport 7-4, and Southern Timber take a 7-0 forfeit win over Pro-Line Boats.

Triples by Bill Weinfurter and Robert Holmes came during an 11-run second inning that lifted First Baptist to its victory. Dwayne Levins added a lead-off homer in the fourth.

In action last Thursday, Johnny Hall homered and drove in five runs as Southern Timber beat Sportsters/Gator Auto Transport 13-9. Dave Schimborski had an inside-the-park grand slam in a losing cause.

Nature Coast downed Skidmore's 12-8 in eight innings Thursday and Kirk Realty clubbed Pro-Line Boats 18-1. Jerry Levengood tripled during a seven-run second inning for Kirk Realty, which also had a nine-run fourth inning in which Don Kenney singled and tripled.

Games are played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River.

County women: Crystal River Bank and Citrus-95 shared the lead with 4-2 records heading into action Wednesday night in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division women's fall softball league.

Citrus-95 downed BMWs 12-5 on Oct. 12 behind the three doubles and four runs scored by Myra Middlesworth. Michelle Phillips had two singles, a double, triple and three RBI, and Lisa Swing contributed three singles and three RBI for Citrus-95. BMWs (1-5) was led by Mary Doyle with a single, double, triple and two RBI.

Crystal River Bank lost the one-game lead it held by falling 8-7 to Anderson Roofing (3-3). The game was tied 6-6 going to the last of the sixth when Roofing pushed across two runs. Brenda Sherrill and Kendra Garrett opened with singles. Laurie Frutchey plated one run with a single and Kim Fass delivered the other with a sacrifice fly.

Mandy Diaz reached on an error for Bank to start the seventh. She eventually scored as Cathy Smith hit into a double play on which potential tying run Lisa Accolla took third. The game ended with Donna Lee grounding out.

Church softball: Inverness First Baptist Blue (3-0) is in the driver's seat, but Inverness Church of God (4-1) and Fort Cooper Baptist (3-1) both might be saying their prayers when Blue tangles with Inverness First Baptist Gray (2-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. as the Citrus County Church Softball Fall League enters its final weekend of regular-season play.

The Gray team has won two straight games, scoring 26 runs in the process. Gray defeated Beverly Hills First Baptist 15-12 last Saturday, coming from behind with a four-run sixth inning. Chris Blanchard, who went 4-for-4, doubled in the big inning and was singled home by Jason Smith. With two outs and the score tied at 12-12, Gray's Steve Bomse singled and was doubled home by Randy Roxby (4-for-4, 4 RBI). Dennis Swander had three hits and Wayne Mashburn drove in three runs for Beverly Hills.

Fort Cooper Baptist had an easy time in a 14-0 rout of Inverness First Assembly of God (3-2). A three-run double by Corey Williamson in the second got things rolling for Fort Cooper. Brian Gill went 4-for-4 while Dave Maddox and Frank Falabella both were 3-for-4 for the victors.

Main Street Baptist (2-3) rallied for eight runs but came up short in a 15-11 loss to Inverness First Baptist Blue in a game that featured 54 hits. A seven-run, two-out rampage in the third provided Blue with its winning edge. Steve Hasel delivered the first run with a bases-loaded single before Mark Swander cleared the bags with a triple. Doug Dodd and Skip Norton both went 4-for-4 for Blue, with three of Dodd's hits being doubles. Player/coach Thom Hibbard paced Main Street, playing with just eight players, with a triple and four RBI. Tim Lapp had four of the 22 hits for Main Street.

There also were two forfeit games, both in favor of Church of God. The men won over St. Scholastica and the women over Main Street, which couldn't field a team for the second straight week.

In the other women's game, Inverness First Baptist (4-2) won its fourth consecutive game in a 26-2 pasting of Inverness First Assembly of God (2-3). Karen Rogers and Joan Davis combined to knock in 15 runs while Margie Tyner scored all four times she batted. Eight Baptist hitters walked in the first inning to help seal Assembly's fate. Renitra Hayes and Jennifer Williamson scored the only runs for Assembly in a game called after three innings due to time.

55-and-over softball: Lassiter Ware (3-0) laid sole claim to first place in the 55-and-over league after beating top contender Citrus Olds 13-8 Monday night at Bicentennial Park.

A four-run eruption in the seventh inning was the difference for Lassiter Ware. Chuck Osborn paced the winners with a 3-for-3 effort and three RBI, while Lou Schmidt added a single, double and four RBI. Dick Stilner and Dayne Beckler both went 3-for-3, with one of Beckler's hits being a triple, for Citrus Olds (2-1).

In the first game Monday night, Summit Pools defeated Brannen Bank 5-4 despite a two-run rally in the seventh by Bank.

Larry Zecker hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth that chased across the winning run for Summit Pools (1-2). Bob Burns, Bob Parenteau and Ed Beatty all were 2-for-3 for the winners. Mike Bilo went 3-for-3 and Dolph Sharpe had a single and double for Brannen Bank (0-3).

Games are played every Monday night at Bicentennial Park.

Softball standings


Southern Timber 10-1

Nature Coast 8-2

Black Diamond 8-3

Skidmore's Sports Supply 7-3

First Baptist Church 4-6

Kirk Realty 4-6


Gator Auto Transport 4-8

Pro-Line 3-9

Gulf Coast Ford 0-10


Crystal River Bank 4-2

Citrus-95 4-2

Anderson Roofing 3-3

BMWs 1-5


Cat's Meow Florist 8-1

Subway/Hayes Health Food 8-2

Whoo 6-3

Wheeler Homes 6-3

Willi's Place/Zarro's 3-7

Bob's Aluminum 1-8

Wishing Stone/

Sleepy Hollow 1-9


Black Diamond 8-0

Independent Aggregate 6-1

Fagan D.D.S. 5-2

Southern Sun 3-3

Little Caesar's 2-5

A-Able Septic 2-4

ENH Express 1-6

Ball Busters 0-7


Inv. First Baptist Blue 3-0

Inv. Church of God 4-1

Fort Cooper Baptist 3-1

Inv. First Assembly 3-2

Main Street Baptist 2-3

Inv. First Baptist Gray 2-4

St. Scholastica 1-4

Bev. Hills First Baptist 0-3


Inv. Church of God 5-1

Inv. First Baptist 4-2

Inv. First Assembly 2-3

Main Street Baptist 0-5


Lassiter Ware 3-0

Citrus Oldsmobile 2-1

Summit Pools 1-2

Brannen Bank 0-3