Original article by C.J. Risak, Citrus County Chronical Correspondent
LECANTO — This matched all expectations.
Simply put, one inning separated the two teams figured to battle for supremacy in the District 2A-5 softball race. And in this initial meeting between Academy at the Lakes and Seven Rivers Christian, it was the visitors who emerged on top.
The inning that proved to be the difference was the fourth, when the Wildcats transformed four hits — including two doubles and a home run — into four runs, and behind the pitching of Alexis Kilfoyl that was more than enough as Academy at the Lakes collected a 4-0 triumph at Warriors Park.
The Wildcats remained unbeaten, improving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in district play. Seven Rivers slipped to 6-1 overall, 2-1 in 2A-5.
“We made a nice adjustment after we got through the lineup once,” said Academy at the Lakes coach Diane Stephenson. “Their pitcher (Seven Rivers’ Delaney Byers) did a nice job the first time through and I think our kids made some good adjustments after that.”