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Inverness' 12-run 2nd leads to a 23-2 victory

The Inverness Senior All-Stars are looking for a challenge. And it didn't take long for them to realize it wasn't coming from Deltona, their first opponent in the Section I Senior Softball tournament.

After slamming their first-round opponent 23-2 in five innings Saturday, Inverness looks to Callahan to provide them with their first real competition of the all-star tournament. Callahan routed Tri-County 11-1 in Saturday's other first-round game.

The 21-run win was the largest for Inverness, which outscored its District 15 opponents by a margin of 32-5 in three straight wins.

Edie Poe's solo shot to leftfield in the first gave Deltona a glimpse of what was to come. The homer, which cleared the outfield fence by more than 5 feet was her first of the tournament and the first for Inverness in all-star play. Gina Reynolds (3-for-5) followed with a single and eventually scored on a double by Jackie Christensen, giving Inverness a deceptively low 2-0 lead.

Deceptively low, because Inverness added 12 runs in the second and another five in the third.

This allowed Inverness manager Mike Reynolds to pull Gina Reynolds, the starter and his daughter, after two innings, keeping her eligible for tonight's game with Callahan at 7.

Inverness pounded out 15 hits against Deltona, but also took advantage of seven errors.

Meanwhile, Inverness pitchers had their way with Deltona's lineup, holding them scoreless until the fifth when Deltona slipped its only runs across the plate.

By then, however, it was all but over. Inverness held a 24-0 lead entering the fifth was caught napping a bit, a careless error helping Deltona prevent the shutout.

Both runs were charged to Kristen Neumann, who struck out two while allowing two hits in the final three innings. Reynolds was never touched, holding Deltona hitless and scoreless in the first and second.

Poe was a big contributor, going 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored. Kim Richards went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scores, including a base-clearing double in the second. Colleen Leddy, inserted in the third, went 2-for-2 with four RBI, including a base-clearing triple.