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Harrell is confident entering sectional

If Crystal River Major Softball manager Dwayne Harrell has it figured right, his team should be a cinch to win the Section I title this weekend.

Harrell, after all, is armed with talented pitching.

"I think the girls can go as far as they want," said Harrell, who guided Crystal River to a 4-1 record in the District 15 tournament.

"We've got two of the best young pitchers (Heather Stack and Cassidy Rash) in the state," he said. "They're both pretty even, and I feel confident in both of them."

Crystal River also is confident in its supporting cast despite having little sectional tourney experience.

Harrell's players have "all the talent in the world," he said.

Harrell's squad isn't the only one taking to the road this weekend.

The Central Citrus Junior Baseball All-Stars also will vie for a Section I championship.

Unlike its female counterpart, Central Citrus has been there before _ twice, to be exact.

Most of the group of 14-15-year-old boys were members of the Major team that lost in the sectional tournament two years ago and won it last season.

That, in itself, is a feather in manager David Hoggard's cap.

"A few of the boys have already participated in a tournament like this, and they should be pretty relaxed," Hoggard said.

"My job is to get the other boys relaxed and ready to play. If I can do that, we should perform well," he said.

Central Citrus will square off against Defuniak Springs at 8 p.m. Saturday in its first game.

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