With a break coming up Saturday for the Easter weekend, the Citrus Church Softball League has reached the midpoint of its spring season with only newcomer Eden Baptist of Brooksville unbeaten in the men's B Division. That's because Fort Cooper Baptist A upset Inverness Church of God No. 1 in the men's A Division to open up that race. Our Lady of Fatima (5-1) has a one-game lead in the Women's League.
Our Lady of Fatima d. Fort Cooper Baptist (forfeit): Fort Cooper failed to field eight by game time.
Inverness Church of God 12, Inverness First Baptist 5: First Baptist was held to one hit over the final two innings. Shirley Poe, Denise Lindsay and Marilyn Key combined for 10 RBI as Holly Roberts and Lawanda Key scored seven times at the top of the order. Sarah Windham had two hits and a run for First.
MEN'S A DIVISION
Fort Cooper Baptist A 19, Inverness Church of God No. 1 12: Trailing 9-6 and a man short, Fort Cooper scored 10 in the fourth (without a homer). Bobby Barton (double, homer and six RBI) and Mike D'Ambrosio (four runs, homer and three RBI) led Fort Cooper. COG's Tracy Reynolds and Grieg Eadler (grand slam) had four RBI each.
Inverness Church of God No. 1 21, Inverness First Assembly of God 6: Assembly tied the score in the third, but COG erupted for 14 runs in the bottom of the inning.
Fort Cooper Baptist A 29, Christian Center Church 11: For the second straight week, CCC played a team it was tied with only to lose by the mercy rule. This one was decided by a 14-run Fort Cooper first, during which Larry Ogle hit a grand slam and Dave Maddox had a two-run homer. Milton Byers (two homers, two doubles) had six RBI for Fort Cooper. Cliff Adams had six RBI for CCC with a triple and a homer.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian 41, Floral City First Baptist 4: Fielding only eight, Floral City gave up 43 hits, including six homers, as Seven Rivers moved back into the division lead. James Martone hit for the cycle. Teammate Tony Albiero homered twice in the first inning en route to five RBI, and Dennis Francis had six RBI with five hits. Brantley Scott drove in three for Floral City, and Eric Droddy had three hits.
Our Lady of Fatima 9, Inverness First Baptist Blue 8: Blue blew a 6-1 lead as Fatima, winless in five previous games, scored three in the fifth to take the lead. With Mike Dohmyer and Brian Winckler on base, Mark Certain singled to right, the ball skipping under the fielder's glove and driving in all three runners give Fatima the lead. Winckler scored three times and Joe Frank had three hits for Fatima. Blue got a homer and four RBI from Chris Seaman, but the team had only three hits in the final four innings and lost the division lead.
MEN'S B DIVISION
Brooksville Eden Baptist 28, United in Spirit Christian Center 5: Eden scored 11 in the first and coasted to its fifth straight mercy-rule win. Theron Patrick homered twice (seven RBI) and James Price (five RBI) and Jason Jernigan (two RBI) had one each. Aaron Smith had two hits and an RBI for United.
Inverness First Baptist Gray 7, Inverness First Lutheran 6: Lutheran lost its second straight as Gray scored three in the seventh for its first win. Bobby Hull's double drove in the winning run.
Beverly Hills First Baptist 16, Fort Cooper Baptist B 13: With time running out, Fort Cooper B scored to tie at 13 in the sixth, but BH scored three in the bottom of the inning.
Fort Cooper B d. Living Water Christian Fellowship (forfeit): Fort Cooper picked up the win as Living Water failed to field the minimum eight.
AFTER THE BREAK
In Women's League play, league leader Our Lady of Fatima (5-1) plays Floral City First Baptist (1-4) at 10:10 a.m. The top A Division game will pit two top teams, leader Inverness Church of God No. 1 (6-1) and Inverness First Baptist Blue (4-2) at 5:30 p.m. The unbeaten B Division leader Brooksville Eden First Baptist (7-0) faces Inverness First Baptist Gray (1-4) at 12:30, and second-place Inverness First Lutheran (5-2) plays United in Spirit Christian Center (3-3) at 3:10.