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  • Timing is everything for 2A teams

    The Seven Rivers Christian baseball club is set to write the next chapter in its historic season, as it makes the trip to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for the program’s first-ever state final four.

    The four remaining 2A teams are proof that timing is everything when it comes to postseason success. Three of the four clubs had to bounce back from late-season slumps, while another, Bayshore Christian, of Tampa, lost its district final before winning its region.

  • Sabathia gets first win in a year, Yanks beat Rays 11-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a year, Alex Rodriguez hit one of five New York homers and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Monday night.

    Sabathia (1-5) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings to stop a nine-start winless streak since a victory over Boston on April 24, 2014. The lefty missed most of last season due to a knee injury.

  • Beltre, Rodriguez carry Rangers past Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adrian Beltre homered and drove in two runs, and Wandy Rodriguez gave the Texas Rangers a record-setting pitching performance Sunday in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Beltre’s tiebreaking single off Kevin Jepsen (0-2) came in the eighth inning after a couple of walks.

    Keone Kela (3-1) got the win after Rodriguez established a franchise mark for consecutive batters retired.

  • Smith, Cuzzene split 20-lap Sportsman features

    INVERNESS — Billy Smith and Craig Cuzzene split a pair of 20-lap Sportsman features, and Shannon Kennedy survived a major post-caution shakeup to the top 3 in winning his fifth Modified Mini Stock feature of the year at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

  • Mothers get discount at Citrus County Speedway

    The Citrus County Speedway celebrates Mother’s Day weekend today in Inverness with a 50-lap Sportsman special, a Kids Big Wheel Contest and an admission discount for mothers.

    Street Stocks, Modified Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks round out the racing card. A boy and girl Big Wheel winner will be awarded a $25 gift card. 

    Grandstand admissions for mothers is $8.

  • ‘Shake down’ at Speedway

    Josh Todd and his team just wanted to ensure all the bugs were ironed out of his new No. 7 racer.

    After failing to complete his first race in the Open Wheel Modified, Todd, reunited with Dick Anderson Racing, made the trip to the Citrus County Speedway last Saturday for some quality control.

  • Karns takes shutout into 8th, Rays beat Rangers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nathan Karns took a shutout into the eighth inning, pinch hitter Brandon Guyer had a three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Friday night.

    Texas had won four in a row.

    Karns (2-1) allowed two hits through seven scoreless innings before Adam Rosales homered to lead off the eighth. Karns struck out a 

    career-high nine.

  • Pillsbury shuts down Aucilla in 5-1 win

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    HOMOSASSA — There’s a first time for everything, and for the Seven Rivers Christian baseball team, that first time seemed a distant possibility as little as two weeks ago.

  • ’Canes stun Dunedin with late comeback

    INVERNESS — The Citrus baseball team made its fair share of mistakes, but a resilient effort had it making school history by the end of Friday’s regional final.

    After the Hurricanes surrendered a two-run lead in the top of the seventh, Austin Bogart lashed a walk-off double to right-center field, scoring catcher Matt Kelley and sending the school to its first-ever Class 5A baseball final four on a 5-4 victory over Dunedin.

  • A lot on the line

    ’Canes ready to face Falcons

    With Dunedin advancing as a district runner-up, the 5A-6 champion Hurricanes play host to the Falcons, who’ve reeled off wins over Brooksville-Central and Wesley Chapel in regional play.