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Showdowns loom among top teams

Call it the calm before the storm. Or just call it the week before the big battles take place. No matter, little changed in the Inverness Parks and Recreation Spring Men's Softball League this week as the top three teams tuned up for next week's head-to-head action.

Undefeated leaders Main Exchange, Larry Schultz and Sons and American Title/Mainstream Lounge remained unbeaten after three weeks of the Spring League, all posting wins and remaining perfect for next week's action.

Larry Shultz and Sons (5-0) defeated Ace Tree Service (1-4) 14-0 by the mercy rule Thursday, and the Main Exchange (5-0) defeated VFW (0-5) 15-3 in a mercy-rule win Monday.

Meanwhile, defending-champ Mainstream (4-0) kept within a half-game of the leaders with a 15-3 win Monday over Coach's Pub.

Those wins set up interesting matchups for the next three nights of league play.

Larry Schultz should get its first test tonight when it takes on Coach's Pub at 7:45. Coach's defeated VFW 23-3 Thursday before losing to Mainstream.

If Larry Schultz wins, it would set up a highly anticipated matchup with Main Exchange Monday, with first place at stake.

If Main Exchange wins and is undefeated this time next week, and if Mainstream defeats Wooten's Auto Corp (2-3) tonight, then a matchup between those unbeatens would be played at 7:45 next Thursday. Whatever happens, the race

Splits could help the third-place teams _ Coach's Pub, Como Auto Sales and Wooten's.

COUNTY LEAGUE: It hasn't taken long for the race for the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Spring Men's League to shape up, as both Sportsters and Mariner Outboards have risen to the top with two straight wins.

Both won last week. Mariner Outboards handed Nature Coast a 17-5 loss, and Sportsters defeated Pro Line Boats 17-4.

MEN'S TENNIS: Plantation Inn and Golf Resort's stay at the top of the Inverness Parks and Recreation Men's Tennis league was short because Crystal River swept four matches against the former league leader last week.

That, combined with wins by Pine Ridge and Citrus Hills, put those two teams atop the standings with 10 points after the second week of play. Crystal River fell to third and Plantation to fourth.

Play was rained out this week but, weather permitting, should resume tonight.

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