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Inverness women win tourney for 2nd church title

The Citrus County Church Softball Association's Women's League wrapped up its season and season-ending tournament Saturday with Inverness First Baptist sweeping both titles by virtue of wins over Floral City First Baptist.

Meanwhile, the men's leagues saw their only unbeaten team take a hard fall as Eden Baptist lost consecutive games and dropped into a tie in the loss column with Floral City First Baptist in the West Division. In the East, Seven Rivers Presbyterian appears to have clinched that title with one game left.

The men will wrap up the regular season Saturday and begin their season-ending tournament.


+ Inverness First Baptist 23, Floral City First Baptist 3: Inverness took a one-game edge in the tournament final in a big way, getting solid offensive performances from Becky Smith (4-for-5, two doubles, four RBI), Joan Davis (3-for-4, three RBI), Colette Wilburn (3-for-3, three RBI), Margie Tyner (4-for-5, three RBI) and others.

+ Inverness First Baptist 24, Floral City First Baptist 0: The league champs stayed hot in the second game of the final with a six-inning, mercy-rule win. Again, Davis (3-for-4, five RBI), Smith (2-for-5, five RBI) and Wilburn (2-for-3, three RBI) were the biggest contributors, helping Inverness to a 23-0 lead after four innings.


+ Floral City First Baptist 17, St. Scholastica 7: Floral City kept its title hopes alive as it gained a tie with Eden Baptist. Floral City struck for seven runs in the first inning.

+ Seven Rivers Presbyterian 16, Eden Baptist 7: Seven Rivers maintained its hold on first in the East Division by scoring five runs in the first on homers by Chris Martone, Tony Albiero and Buddy Head, then adding four-run innings in the fifth and sixth. Jason Jernigan homered twice for Eden in a losing cause.

+ St. Scholastica 11, Beverly Hills First Baptist 10: St. Scholastica bounced back with a hard-fought win, eliminating a 9-3 deficit with an eight-run outburst in the final inning. A Jim Saltmarsh triple and doubles from Dave Lanzillo and Mike Long keyed the rally.

+ Inverness Church of God 19, New Birth Gospel Tabernacle 18: Leading by two runs entering the sixth, Church of God held off New Birth in the sixth, then plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Robert Ramirez's single drove home Greig Eadler, who had reached on a single.

INVERNESS LEAGUES: With one week remaining in the season, BMW/Independent Aggregates wrapped up the women's title with a commanding 21-0 win over Gold and Diamond Exchange. Gordon's Concrete (formerly known as Water's Edge Pelicans) lost any chance at catching the leaders when it fell 6-5 to Larry's Auto.

In the men's league, American Title/Mainstream Lounge maintained its perfect record with a 15-3 win over Daniels Heating and Air. Meanwhile, six teams remain tied in fourth place after wins over the last week. Apopka Marine produced a 16-5 win over Just Sports, which also had dropped a 19-2 decision to Como Auto Sales earlier in the week. Quality Blinds topped Holloway Marine 13-7 on Thursday while Wooten's Auto Corp took home a 14-1 win over the Citrus County Manatees, who bounced back with an 18-14 win over VFW after scoring 10 runs in the last inning.

COUNTY MEN'S LEAGUE: Skidmore's and Phillips Tire continued to pull away from the rest of the pack, each scoring two wins over the past week. Sportsters, the two-time defending league champ, scored a 13-4 win over Artistic Marble and Tile on Thursday before completing the week with a 15-8 win over Sportsters. Phillips topped ProLine Boats 26-8 last Tuesday, then got a forfeit win over Five-O, which has dropped out of the league.

Meanwhile, Sportsters stayed in third place with a forfeit win and Artistic Marble and Tile won its second game of the year, 15-5 over ProLine.