It was a busy weekend for the Citrus County Church Softball Association thanks to rainouts earlier in the season. Games were played Friday and Saturday in an effort to put a wrap on the regular season and get the post-season under way.
The women's league was forced to mesh the last game of the regular season with the first of the tournament and the result was familiar. Inverness First Baptist capped its regular season title by going one-up in the tournament with an 11-6 win over second-place Our Lady of Fatima.
In the men's league, Eden Baptist remains in firm control of the West Division with an undefeated record as the regular season enters its final week. Meanwhile, Seven Rivers Presbyterian took over sole possession of first in the East with a big win over second-place Our Lady of Fatima I on Saturday.
Inverness First Baptist 11, Our Lady of Fatima 6: First Baptist scored a big win in a game that counted toward both the regular season and post-season tournament. Sharon Cordwell (5-for-5, double, three RBI), Joan Davis (1-for-3, two RBI) and Becky Smith (2-for-4, two RBI) contributed heavily as First Baptist moved into Saturday's championship game against Floral City First Baptist.
Floral City First Baptist 12, Our Lady of Fatima 8: Fatima's fall from grace continued as Floral City pulled off the upset. Floral City was led by Jennifer Hibbard (3-for-4, double, HR, five RBI), Jackie Hibbard (2-for-4, RBI) and Stephanie Arnette (1-for-4, double, RBI) while Fatima got solid outings from Liz Webber (3-for-5, triple, two RBI), Lisa Rummel (1-for-4, double, two RBI) and Eileen Graber (2-for-4, two RBI).
Eden Baptist 6, Floral City First Baptist 3: Fueled by the hitting of Misty Sullens (2-for-3), Robin Adkins (1-for-3, double, RBI) and Jessica Jernigan (1-for-2, double), Eden ended its regular season with an upset win over the league runner-up in the only game played Saturday.
Beverly Hills First Baptist 15, Inverness First Baptist 8: Beverly Hills got its first win of the year thanks to a 13-run outburst over the final four innings. Don Conley (2-for-3, double, three RBI) and Mark Opperman (2-for-3, double, triple, four RBI) led the winners while Bobby Hull (2-for-4, double, three RBI) and Jason Smith (2-for-3, two RBI) led First Baptist.
Our Lady of Fatima 32, Inverness First Baptist 2: First Baptist fell again as Fatima produced a 14-run first inning. Gerard DeSomma had a huge night at the plate, driving in eight runs on a 5-for-7 performance that included three doubles and a home run. Mike Covino and Vince Christian drove in four runs apiece and Dave Heins added three RBI on a 4-for-6 performance.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian 18, Inverness First Lutheran 5: In the first of four big wins over the weekend for Seven Rivers, Chris Martone (3-for-3, two HR, five RBI) and Buddy Head (4-for-4, two triples, two RBI) led the way. Craig Doughman (1-for-2, HR, four RBI) led the effort for First Lutheran.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian 20, Beverly Hills First Baptist 4: In another offensive show, Seven Rivers blasted Beverly Hills behind the efforts of Martone (3-for-4, double, two HR, six RBI), Head (4-for-4, two doubles, HR, three RBI) and David Ascough (4-for-4, two doubles, three RBI). Steve Arcadipano (3-for-3, two RBI) led Beverly Hills.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian 10, St. Scholastica 5: Tim Bowman (2-for-3, two HR, five RBI), Head (2-for-3, two RBI) and Ascough (1-for-2, two RBI) led Seven Rivers to its third straight win in two days. Dave Lanzillo (2-for-3, two RBI) led St. Scholastica.
Floral City First Baptist 16, Inverness First Baptist 5: Zeb Bishop (2-for-4, two triples, four RBI), Daryl Herrin (2-for-4, three RBI), Tom Carey (3-for-4, HR, three RBI) and David Coxe (2-for-3, five RBI) led Floral City to the win and kept their team within two games of Eden Baptist with one week to play. Ernie Cristman (2-for-4, double, three RBI) had a nice effort for First Baptist.
Our Lady of Fatima I 17, Inverness Church of God 8: Fatima got home runs from Ryan Reinhart (3-for-4, five RBI), Tom Corcoran (1-for-4, two RBI) and George Brooks (3-for-4, two RBI) in a win that kept it within a game of Seven Rivers in the East Division. Buddy Eadler (1-for-3, HR, three RBI) and Cliff Bard (2-for-2, two RBI) led Church of God.
Eden Baptist 26, Red Level Baptist 5: Eden remains the league's only unbeaten team after dismantling Red Level behind the efforts of Brad Looper (4-for-5, HR, four RBI), Eddie Looper (4-for-5, HR, six RBI) and James Price (2-for-5, HR, five RBI).
Eden Baptist 14, St. Scholastica 4: Eddie Looper again carried the day for Eden, going 3-for-4 with a homer and game-high four RBI. Jason Jernigan (2-for-4, double, two RBI), Price (2-for-4, two RBI) and Brian Everitt (2-for-4, three RBI) also had productive stints.
New Birth Gospel Tabernacle 16, Inverness First Lutheran 13: New Birth held off a late charge thanks to the offensive production of Don Kenny (2-for-4, HR, three RBI), Clarence Washington (1-for-2, two RBI) and Shawn Bingham (3-for-3, two RBI). Randy Wall (3-for-3, four RBI) and James Duncan (1-for-2, two RBI) led First Lutheran.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian 12, Our Lady of Fatima I 1: Seven Rivers took sole possession of first place with a convincing win in its last game of the weekend. Wayne Toms (3-for-4, double, two triples, four RBI), Steve Bowman (2-for-4, three RBI) and Mark Stone (2-for-4, two RBI) led Seven Rivers.
Our Lady of Fatima II 33, Inverness First Lutheran 15: Jerry McNeil hit for the cycle and collected five RBI, Gerard DeSomma (5-for-6) knocked in seven runs, and Eric Nelson plated six runs on a 4-for-5 performance as Fatima II took over sole possession of third place in the West Division. Craig Doughman had six RBI on four hits and Randy Wall had four RBI on four hits for the losers.