Local Sports

  • Pirates hold off Rays 6-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays’ latest defeat had a little different twist — four late runs and six hits that left them one run short of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Jeff Locke pitched into the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night, handing Tampa Bay its 20th loss in 28 games.

  • Dunnellon rides perfect game to District 15 title

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Dunnellon 9/10 Little League Softball All-Stars had the perfect way to end up the District 15 tournament.

    Kaitlyn Knox pitched a perfect game with nine strikeouts as Dunnellon beat Crystal River 13-0 in a four inning “mercy rule” game Tuesday at Harley Levins Softball Complex.

    The victory made the 3-0 Marion County team the district winner and they advance to the sectional July 12 in Crystal River. Crystal River finished 1-2.

  • On to the semis

    Steve McGunnigle

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The stage seemed set for dramatics and neither side would disappoint, as Crystal River held on for a 5-4 win after Central Citrus scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night in 9/10 Little League Baseball All-Stars play.

    The victory clinched second place in Pool A play for Crystal River (2-1) and the team travels to West Hernando in Spring Hill Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to face Pool B champion Inverness in a district semifinal contest.

  • Event draws a crowd at mall

    Fight fans were treated to a rare local look at some of the top amateur MMA fighters and kickboxers in the area June 7 at the Crystal River Mall.

    Local boxing coach Don Hadden of the Citrus County Boxing Academy in Homosassa and Stefan Butin Bik of Butin Bik Combat Sports in Crystal River joined forces to put on Butin Bik’s Bring-It-Bash, a 17-match card of amateur fights and demonstrations. Many of the competitors were local fighters.

  • Alvarez's 3-run homer helps Pirates beat Rays 8-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to back the pitching of Edinson Volquez and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

    Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 5, drove in two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates in a homecoming of sorts for the 2013 NL MVP, who grew up in nearby Fort Meade and had never played before at Tropicana Field. He also scored twice in Pittsburgh's first appearance in St. Petersburg since 2003.

  • Tigers claw back for wild 13-10 win

    David Pieklik

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Trailing 6-0 in the second inning, the Dunnellon Tigers uncaged their bats and stormed ahead for good with a 13-10 win Monday over Central Citrus in the 9/10 Little League All-Stars baseball tournament.

    Logan Milne’s deep fly ball to center field on a 3-2 count against pitcher Gabe Cairone began a seven-run inning for Dunnellon (2-0). Brody Luckey, Chandler Hiers, Caleb Beville and Trent Townsend all brought runners home, and the Tigers held the lead for good.

  • South Sumter scores 11 late to top CR 22-9

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The South Sumter 9/10 Softball All-Stars exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning to beat Crystal River 22-9 in a District 15 Little League game at Harley Levins Complex.

    The game ended under the 10-run “mercy rule” in the fourth inning.

  • Drivers claim first CCS wins of season

    INVERNESS — Cody Stickler successfully defended his lead from the checkered flag in Open Wheel Modifieds to prevail for the first time this year at the Citrus County Speedway, while Beverly Hills’ Jay Witfoth padded his points lead in the Sportsman class with his third feature win of the season during Saturday’s racing action in Inverness.

  • Escobar has two RBIs; Rays top Astros 5-2

    ST. PETERSBURG — Yunel Escobar drove in two runs during a three-run sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astors 5-2 on Sunday.

    Escobar hit a two-run single and Sean Rodriguez had an RBI grounder off Dallas Keuchel (8-5) to give the Rays a 4-2 lead in the sixth.

    The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, including five wins in seven games against Houston.

    Keuchel allowed five runs and nine hits over eight innings.

  • Hopkins leads CR softball to 16-8 win

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Manager Chad Thomas found a delightful way to celebrate his return from a two-week vacation. 

    His 9/10 Little League Softball Crystal River All-Stars had 12 hits and took advantage of five Inverness errors as Crystal River won 16-8 in the opening game at Harley Levins Softball Complex in the District 15 All-Stars tournament.