Granted, there are some impressive newcomers at the top of the Inverness Parks and Recreation Men's Softball League, but don't count out the guys in second.
Main Exchange and Larry Schultz and Son have turned some heads with their 4-0 starts, yet sitting in second just a half game out is a team everybody in Inverness knows about _ defending champion American Title/Mainstream Lounge. It also is undefeated at 3-0, and considering its past success (the defending spring league champion) it cannot be counted out.
That said, the league seems to be a three-team race and things shouldn't change much in the near future. The first meeting between any of the leaders comes March 31 when Larry Schultz and Son take on Main Exchange. Mainstream and Main Exchange will meet on April 4.
Those who think a new champ might be crowned this season may want to take a look at last week's results, because the defending champs haven't missed a beat. Mainstream scored a 14-2 win over Ace Tree Service last Thursday, then followed with a 16-8 win over winless Lecanto 44 Nursery.
Larry Schultz and Son was nearly as impressive, scoring an 11-7 win over Wooten's Auto Corp on Thursday and following it with a 17-5 squashing of VFW. Main Exchange, which has dominated every game, pounded Wooten's 15-1.
In other action, Como Auto Sales stayed within shouting range of the leaders with a 19-7 win over Lecanto 44.
COUNTY SOFTBALL: The Citrus County Parks and Recreation Men's Softball League kicked off its season Tuesday night with two games at Bicentennial Park.
Sportsters had little trouble with Nature Coast, winning 11-3 in the first game, and Mariner edged Pro Line Boats 3-2 in the nightcap.
INVERNESS MEN'S TENNIS: Plantation Inn and Golf Resort is in sole possession of first after a sweep of Sugarmill Woods in the first week of the Inverness Parks and Recreation Men's Tennis League.
Sugarmill, which received two points for having a full six-man squad, is in last place while Plantation, which won both A and B singles and A and B doubles (one point for each, plus two for a full squad), stands just one point ahead of Citrus Hills and Pine Ridge, who are tied for second with five points.
Pine Ridge scored wins in A and B singles and A doubles for a 5-3 win over Inverness, which is tied with Crystal River for fourth place, while Citrus Hills took the A singles and both doubles matches in its 5-3 win over Crystal River.
INVERNESS 5K RESULTS: Andrei Feldt was the overall 5K winner Saturday in the Inverness Parks and Recreation 5K Cross Country Race and Guess Your Time Walk.
Feldt's time was 18 minutes, 26 seconds. The first female finisher was Paula Carson with a time of 28:55. The age division leaders were as follows.
Males: 8-9 _ D.J. Carella, 25.41; 13-16 _ David Beams, 20:10; 30-39 _ Paul Heinze, 30:57; 40-49 _ Dave Carson 28:56; 50-59 _ Seamus Allman 25:36, Jon Gay 26.33, Don Lawson 32:32; 60-69 _ Ted Sjorgren, 26:18; 70+ _ Ward Emerson, 28:11.
Females: 20-29 _ Jennifer Lawson, 32.18; 30-39 _ Cindy Januszewski 31:50; 40-49 _ Dottie Heinze, 38:13; 50-59 _ Jacqueline Gay _ 34:02.