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4A-DISTRICT 7 BASEBALL TOURNEY

WHERE: Dunnellon High.

WHO: Citrus, Lecanto, Crystal River, Dunnellon and Lake Weir.

SCHEDULE: Today _ No. 4 seed Crystal River (9-17) vs. No. 5 Lecanto, 7 p.m. Wednesday _ No. 1 Citrus (13-8) vs. winner of Tuesday's game, 4 p.m.; No. 2 Lake Weir (13-14) vs. No. 3 Dunnellon (14-11), 7 p.m. Friday _ Championship game, 7:30 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Before its loss last Thursday, Citrus was on a hot streak, having won 10 of its last 12 games to earn the No. 1 seed. Lecanto and Crystal River, both of which struggled this season, will open the tournament tonight. The teams split during the regular season, with the Pirates winning the first game and Lecanto the second. A young team, the Pirates also had numerous injuries that hindered coach Jere DeFoor's efforts to find the best working combination. Crystal River enters the tournament coming off a 10-0 win last Friday night over South Sumterin which Travis Bruns pitched a no-hitter. The Pirates' leading hitter is catcher Chris Cole. Dunnellon is led by pitcher Mike Minotti, who has a 3.37 ERA and is hitting .516 while also doubling as a catcher. Lake Weir boasts the area's leading hitter in catcher Matt Candler, who has 15 home runs and 41 RBI.

_ ANTONYA ENGLISH

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