Chiefland boys knocked out by Newberry

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By Jim Clark

WILLISTON -- The baseball season came to a disappointing end for the Chiefland Indians Monday afternoon as they fell, 13-4, to Newberry in the first round of the district tournament.

The Indians had beaten Newberry twice during the regular season, "but they were both competitive games," said CHS coach Kyle Parnell.

Chiefland only had one hit over the first five innings, a first inning single by starting pitcher Adam Burton, as Newberry's Blaine Rhea used a barrage of curve balls to shut down the Indian bats. "He kept us off balance," said Parnell.

"We gave them six outs in the first inning," Parnell added, "and we never recovered."

The Panthers scored twice in that first inning on a pair of singles, one of which dropped in center when it appeared it would be caught, a pair of walks, a stolen base on a botched throw after a pickoff attempt and a dropped foul pop.

The Panthers scored four more in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead and Reidy replaced Burton on the hill.

In the bottom of the fifth the Indians got their first two runs on back-to-back doubles by Bo Beauchamp and Johnny Williams and a single by Dane Cothron. That was followed by a Newberry error, but the Indians couldn't capitalize any more than that.

The game, which was slowed by ejections, arguments, conferences and even an illegal courtesy runner attempt, really got away in the sixth when the Panthers scored on a walk, hit batter, error and two singles, picking up four runs, and making it 10-2. Three more scored in the top of the seventh on a single, a sacrifice where everyone was safe because no one covered first, another walk, a sacrifice fly and a dropped fly ball.

Chiefland's final two runs scored in the bottom of the seventh when Cothron was safe on an error and Burton walked. Clenton Wasson's bouncer was misplayed by the shortstop to allow one run to score, and Burton came in on a wild pitch.