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Citrus Park/Keystone wins 9-10 softball title

Citrus Park/Keystone Minor Softball team's season ended Tuesday. And that's just fine with the players.

Citrus Park defeated Jensen Beach in Port St. Lucie, 14-4, to win the state title. Because this age group does not have a national tournament, Citrus Park ended the year on top.

"We just never let up. From pitching to defense to our bats, we were awesome," Citrus Park coach Randi Crooks said.

For the second time in three days, Citrus Park beat Jensen Beach in a 10-run-rule game. Katie Forbes struck out 10 and gave up just three hits. She also led the way offensively, going 4-for-4 with three RBI.

Chloe Crooks went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs, and Amanda Blockburger went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Citrus Park also won the Minor Softball state title in 1996.

Tampa Bay's Major Softball team, which includes six members of last year's state champion Minor Softball team, lost, 4-1, to Naples. Those teams play for the championship at 11 a.m. today.

In Junior Baseball, Bayshore/Palma Ceia defeated Callahan, 7-2, to set up a winner-take-all game tonight. Palma Ceia spotted Callahan two runs in the first but took the lead for good on a bases-clearing double by Milan Dinga in the second inning.

South Brandon lost 1-0 to Venice American in the Senior Baseball final. South Brandon pitcher Eric Beattie made just one mistake, and Venice's Brian LaNinsa hit it over the fence in the fourth inning.

AAU: The 11-and-under Tampa Tarpons defeated the Sarasota Cobras 2-1 as Ryan Wegman got the only RBI and was 2-for-2. Tampa plays Rockingham Valley, N.C., at 8 a.m. today.

The 14-and-under Tampa Tornadoes finished ninth in the national tournament at Chickasha, Okla. The highlight was an 8-7 win over Paleneia, Calif., the eventual champions, early in the tournament.

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