Citrus Park opens tourney with two wins

Published July 30, 2005

Citrus Park won twice in pool play of the Senior Softball Southern Region tournament Friday in Ladysmith, Va.

Danielle Chapman allowed only three hits in defeating West Virginia 4-1. Then Khrystyne Ely and Morgan Grove combined to beat Virginia 5-2. Grove, Ely, Katie Ely and Kristen Martin had RBIs.

Citrus Park, which can reach Sunday's final with a win today, tied it at 1 in the fourth then scored two in the fifth and sixth.

"So far, we have been playing well," coach Marisol Hester said. "And the girls are really up for (today)."

JUNIOR SOFTBALL: Brittny Lafuente and Erica Bowman combined to allow one hit and strike out six to help Citrus Park beat Fort Braden 12-1 in the first game of state tournament pool play in Fort Myers.

Amanda Bueno and Lauren Green had two RBIs, and Mya Anderson, Britteny Graff, Julia Sullo and Denissia Rivera drove in one run.

"Our girls blew open the game in the fourth with nine runs from 12 batters going to the plate," coach Al Bowman said.

JUNIOR BASEBALL: Bloomingdale lost its opener of the state tournament 14-1 to Coral Springs in Dunnellon. It plays Braden River at 10 a.m. today and Port St. Lucie at 1 p.m. today.

"This is a good system," coach Kenny Dodds said. "After a bad loss in the first game, we get a chance to come back in two more games and get back into the fight.

COLT BASEBALL: The Wellswood Colts have won two games and play Hialeah at 10 a.m. today for a berth in next week's World Series in Lafayette, Ind. The Tampa team won the World Series the past two seasons.

In a 15-6 win over El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, Derrick Stultz, a Gaither sophomore, had a no-hitter through four innings. Thursday, Wellswood defeated Hialeah with Chris Jones, also from Gaither, earning the win.