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Inverness: Section I champs; off to state

It's what you come to expect when teams win championships. Yet like the Inverness Senior All-Star's Section I championship game against Tri-County, it was lacking a bit in drama and suspense.

All manager Mike Reynolds wanted following Inverness' 12-0 win was a few seconds. Enough time to clear his pockets of anything that wasn't water resistant.

Fully prepared for what was to come, Reynolds then turned and faced his team and received his championship dousing of ice-cold water.

Like the tournament itself, there were no surprises in this celebration. Reynolds and his team basically went through the motions, taking little time to savor the moment, but not too much.

"We're hitting tomorrow," he said to his team when the post-game pictures were all taken. "Then it's full practice on Thursday."

Maybe Reynolds and his team can find some competition at the state tournament, starting Saturday in Mango.

"Naples will be tremendously strong," Reynolds said. "And so will whatever team comes out of Tampa."

Tri-County, like Deltona, Callahan and just about everybody in District 15, simply were no match for Inverness' hard-throwing pitchers and hard-hitting lineup. And for the fourth time in six games the Inverness All-Stars ended the game early, forcing officials to call the contest on the 10-run rule.

Once again, Inverness struck early and often, taking an 11-0 lead after three innings. And once again, its pitchers dominated as three different hurlers combined for a no-hitter, Inverness' first of the tournament.

Laura Helt struck out five in two innings and helped her team with a two-run single in the first, driving home the first of four runs in the inning. Gina Reynolds, also hitless in two innings of work, made it 8-0 with her two-run single in the third. Jackie Christensen completed the no-hitter, striking out two in the fifth inning.

Holly Williamson led the way at the plate, driving in two runs in the first on a hard-hit double to left-centerfield, then plated another with an RBI single in the third.

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