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  • Rays fall at Miami in extras

    MIAMI — Christian Yelich drove in three runs, including a game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to their first win of the season, 10-9 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

    Giancarlo Stanton also had three RBIs and Michael Morse drove in two for the Marlins, who led 8-1 before the Rays scored seven runs in the seventh to tie it.

  • Weaver to the next level

    C.J. Risak


    In her last three seasons as part of the Citrus girls basketball team, Kiersten Weaver grew from a junior varsity player to a part-time varsity starter to — in her senior season — a team captain and a major conduit to the team’s success.

    A 5-foot-8 guard/forward for the Hurricanes, Weaver found another part of her athletic dream coming true Thursday when she committed to play at Clearwater Christian College.

  • Hornets sting Warriors late for 6-3 victory

    HOMOSASSA — For four innings, freshman starter Parker Pillsbury and his Seven Rivers Christian club got by with a bend-but-don’t-break approach, building up a 3-0 advantage, despite nine base runners by Weeki Wachee over that span.

    But the Hornets broke through in the fifth on a three-run home run by C.J. Flaherty, and tacked on three more in the top of the seventh to secure a 6-3 victory over SRCS at Dazzy Vance Field in Homosassa on Friday.

  • Closing strong

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — In the first game of its doubleheader Friday against Brooksville Central, the Citrus softball team cruised to an 11-1 triumph. It didn’t go as well for the Hurricanes in their second contest, this one against a strong Brooksville Hernando squad.

    After taking a 3-1 lead after one inning, Citrus surrendered an eight-run second and a nine-run fifth as the Leopards rolled in this slugfest, posting a 20-13 victory.

  • Brasher hopes for more postseason play with 'Canes

    After Brooks Brasher looped a game-tying base hit with two strikes and two outs in the seventh inning of the regional semifinals, his head coach, Brady Bogart, remarked that the then-freshman would probably never have a bigger hit while playing at Citrus High School.

    The Hurricanes went on to win the game in the eighth, off a two-run homer by Garrett Wilkinson, who earlier scored on Brasher’s timely hit, advancing the club to the round of eight for the first time in more than three decades.

  • Pirates close out ‘great season’

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Much as in last week’s district tournament, Hernando proved a hurdle Crystal River couldn’t overcome Thursday afternoon.

    Playing in the Class 2A, Region IV girls tennis final at the Brooksville City Courts, the host Leopards proved their District 7 championship was no fluke, defeating the runner-up Pirates, 4-2.

  • Humphreys pitches CR to Bat Game win

    LECANTO — Jordan Humphreys quieted Lecanto bats for his third consecutive time facing the county rival, helping Crystal River retain the 5-foot titular prize bat awarded to the winner of the Joseph D. Rigley Memorial Bat Game.

    The senior right-hander fanned 12 and allowed three hits and no walks, and his club collected all three of its runs in the top of the first inning for a 3-0 victory at LHS on Thursday.

  • Lecanto girls top Forest, return to state for first time since 2006

    LECANTO — There was a time when it was a common occurance for the Lecanto girls tennis team to make the trip to the state tournament.

    The Panthers won regional titles for five consecutive years from 1998-2002 and once again qualified for state in 2006. 

  • Rays avoid sweep

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Odorizzi took a two-hitter into the seventh inning and Tampa Bay coaxed four consecutive walks with two outs to score the go-ahead run during a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

  • Orioles hold on after 4-run 1st, beat Rays 6-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adam Jones drove in two with a double during a four-run first inning Tuesday night, and the Baltimore Orioles hung on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5.

    Steve Pearce homered for the second straight game, a two-run drive that made it 6-0 in the second for Orioles, who won Monday's opener 6-2. Pearce, from nearby Lakeland, has five homers in his last 11 games at Tropicana Field.