The mood will be somber tonight at Whispering Pines Park when Coach's Pub (3-0) faces B.Badas/Hardee's (4-0) for first place in the Inverness Co-ed Softball league.
Last Friday, Coach's Pub pitcher Stacey Cerveny died at Shand's Hospital in Gainesville (see related story on front page). She had pitched for Coach's Pub each of the last two years when it won the league championship.
Her uniform number 15 will be retired before the game.
"Stacey was a great person and the only girl ever to have pitched in co-ed softball in the county," Coach's Pub manager Chris Martone said. "She had a lot of close friends on the team and it seemed the right thing to do."
B.Badas/Hardee's and Coach's Pub play at 6:45 tonight and again Aug. 29, and Hardee's manager Mike Holm hopes for a change in fortunes.
"We finished second each of the last two years," Holm said. "The only team we've never beaten is Pub and we haven't played them yet this year. Our four losses (total) the last two years have all been to Coach's Pub and all were close games."
Here are results from the past week:
Thursday _ Ramshackles 27, Main Stream Lounge 11; Coach's Pub 20, Pizza Hut 0; B.Badas/Hardee's 10, Black Diamond 8.
Friday _ Coach's Pub 19, Our Lady of Fatima 0; B.Badas/Hardee's 17, Ramshackles 3; Pizza Hut 24, Citrus Memorial Hospital 6.
Monday _ B.Badas/Hardee's 23, Citrus Memorial Hospital 2; Coach's Pub 24, Ramshackles 3; Pizza Hut by forfeit over Our Lady of Fatima.
Two other games are slated tonight at Whispering Pines Park. Our Lady of Fatima (0-4) opposes Citrus Memorial Hospital (0-4) at 7:45, and Main Stream Lounge (2-1) takes on Black Diamond (2-1).
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The race remains tight as teams head for the finish line in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Women's Sand Volleyball League.
The top three clubs all won matches July 16. Giavonni's topped CFCR 15-0, 15-4; Gator Vending took a 15-0, 15-0 forfeit victory over Spinners; and Gulfside Contracting downed the Citrus Nightengales 15-6, 15-2.
Just one match was played Tuesday night, but it broke the deadlock for first place. Gulfside Contracting defeated Gator Vending 15-7, 10-15, 15-12, leaving both clubs tied for second with 7-2 records. That left Giavonni's alone in first place at 8-1 after the restaurant team took a forfeit win from the Citrus Nightengales. CFCR also was a forfeit winner over Spinners.
The regular season comes to a close next Tuesday with two matches at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River. CFCR takes on the Citrus Nightengales at 6:30 p.m. and Giavonni's faces Gator Vending at 7:15 p.m. Gulfside Contracting will automatically take a forfeit win from Spinners, which dropped out of the league early, and would become part of a three-way tie for first if Gator Vending can beat Giavonni's.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Spike Force (7-0) clinched at least a tie for the title last Thursday in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department Men's Sand Volleyball League.
Spike Force stopped Serv-Ace-Ah 11-7, 11-4 and can wrap up the regular-season championship with a victory over Arm & Hammer (5-2) tonight at 7:15 at Bicentennial Park. The opening match at 6:30 pits Serv-Ace-Ah against CFCR, a 4-11, 2-11 loser to Arm & Hammer last week.
Teams will engage in a double-elimination tournament on Aug. 3.
WOMEN'S SOFTBALL DOUBTFUL: A meeting at the Lecanto Community Center Tuesday night to see how much interest there is in a county women's softball league for the fall left little hope for such a league.
Just two representatives from one team showed up, according to Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department staffer Christy Silverstone. Teams still can organize and submit necessary paperwork by Aug. 2, she said.
Anyone interested in fielding a women's softball team should call 795-2202 as soon as possible.