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Crystal River knocks out district foe

Samantha Allen tripled, had four hits in four at-bats and scored three runs to lead Crystal River to an 8-5 district victory over Citrus on Friday.

Cassidy Rash (3-2) picked up the victory in relief of starter Sara Wilkins. Rash pitched five innings, allowing two runs, four hits, three walks and striking out six. Citrus starter Jillian Couillard pitched four innings to take the loss.

Both teams had problems defensively with each team making four errors. Crystal River had 12 hits.

Allen tripled down the leftfield line to lead off the second inning. The sophomore second baseman scored when Brittany Cummins reached on an error. Allen singled and scored again on Amanda Mayor's two-run single in the third. Allen also singled and scored the final Pirates' run when Mayor reached on an error.

Allen's offense helped make up for the Pirates' defensive lapses.

"This was my best hitting night," Allen said. "We had nerves. We make little mistakes that we shouldn't."

Rash was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Katelyn McNally also tripled and scored in the fourth.

"Our girls did a great job," Crystal River coach Justin Wentworth said. "Samantha has come around. She has more speed than people think. It shocked me that she pulled it down the line."

Citrus coach Butch Miller felt some of the mistakes were his problem.

"I thought we were tight early but part of that was my fault," he said. "I had them playing out of position. Sometimes (they) were a little deep, sometimes a little shallow. I'll take the blame for that. I thought we fought Rash very well. "I was very impressed with our freshman (relief pitcher Brittany Eldridge). She basically shut them down.".