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Crystal River advances to championship game

Crystal River moved on to the championship game of the state tournament with a 9-0 shutout of Sewannee on Wednesday.

Crystal River received a one-hit pitching performance from the trio of Clayton Trenary, Matt Maggiore and Marcus Galvan.

The team will play Lake Region, a squad Crystal River defeated 6-1 on Tuesday, in the championship today at 10 a.m. Crystal River, the only undefeated club remaining, needs just one win to claim the title. If a second game is necessary, it will be played at 1 p.m.

"We're real excited," manager Russ Lindeman said. "The whole team is excited about playing in the championship game. That's what they came here to do, and they're well on their way."

Against Sewannee, Crystal River scored all its runs in the first four innings.

Kyle Griffin gave Crystal River a 1-0 lead in the first, singling then scoring on a hit by Jonathan Runnels (3-for-3, 2 RBI). It racked up five runs in the fifth inning on doubles from Runnels and Will Bleakley and RBI singles from Trenary, Maggiore and Griffin.

Jimmy Metz and Maggiore drove in two more in the third. Galvan led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a Maggiore fielder's choice to cap the offense.

Trenary and Maggiore each pitched three innings. Trenary surrendered a hit and logged two strikeouts in the first three innings. Maggiore fanned four in the next three innings, and Galvan closed out the game, retiring Sewannee in order in the seventh.

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