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Chiefland baseball bats erupt against Dixie County

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By Sean Arnold

An inning that included a little bit of everything from the Chiefland offense helped catapult the Indians past Dixie County for an 11-2 win in district play last Tuesday in Chiefland.

Chiefland, which collected a 7-4 win at Newberry Monday, finished 1A-7 play at 4-6 and sat at 8-6 overall heading into its game at Alachua-Santa Fe on Tuesday.

The Bears were 4-5 in district action (11-8 overall) before their final district tilt Tuesday versus Bell.

CMHS unleashed seven hits, including doubles by Casey Lawson, Keegan McLelland and Zach Bloom, for an impressive display in the bottom of the second to blow open a 0-0 game with six runs as the club sent 10 batters to the plate.

Sophomore catcher Elijah Smith ignited the rally with a soft single to shallow center field, before Bloom mashed a drive off the fence in the left-field corner. A successful safety squeeze by Jose Guerrero ensued, before Payne Parnell scorched a base hit up the middle to score Guerrero.

Lawson’s double put runners at second and third, before McLelland launched a two-run double in deep left-center field to score Parnell and Lawson’s runs. Kelby Osteen then added an RBI single to pick up McLelland.

McLelland enjoyed a sharp outing in relief on the mound as the sophomore fanned three and surrendered one walk and one hit in two innings.

Fellow right-handed sophomore Wyatt Hammond started and went five innings, tallying one strikeout against a pair of walks, four hits and one earned run allowed.

Chiefland came back for three more runs in the third behind hits by junior Seth Thomas, McLelland, Guerrero and Hammond as well as a fielder’s choice RBI by Parnell.

Smith doubled in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hammond, before Lawson drove in Bloom (walk) on an RBI single.

The Bears got two across in the fourth on an RBI single by Carlos Williams and a Chiefland error.

Cody Pope tossed two innings for DCHS as the starter, allowing six earned runs, before making way for Dakota Von Houten, who posted four strikeouts, one walk, eight hits allowed and five earned runs in four innings of work.

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Wyatt Hammond home run not enough against Trenton

The Trenton baseball team scored multiple runs each of the first four innings against Chiefland on its way to a 9-5 home win last Friday.

The victory capped the Tigers’ regular season district record at 10-0, while the Indians finished at 4-6.

After TMHS (18-1) posted a pair of runs in the opening frame, Chiefland sophomore Wyatt Hammond answered with a three-run home run in the second, driving in Jose Guerrero (single) and Josh Webber (hit by pitch) to put his Indians ahead 3-2.

Trenton built up a 9-3 lead by the sixth, when Hammond and Casey Lawson connected for RBI singles to cut into the deficit.

Hammond finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a pair of runs scored, while Guerrero went 2 for 4 with a couple of runs.

Chiefland’s pitching duties were split between Kelby Osteen (three innings, one strikeout, eight hits and two walks allowed); Keegan McLelland (two innings, one strikeout, three walks and two hits allowed) and Lonnie Hinote (one inning, one hit allowed, one hit-batter, no runs).

Landon Kennedy picked up the win on the mound for Trenton with six innings of work, as he fanned seven and allowed seven hits, three walks, a hit-batter and five earned runs.