Devils rally past Indians

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By Jim Clark

WILLISTON –After the start of a game which seemingly saw Chiefland?s baseball team in full control, the Indians suddenly find themselves in a position where a coin toss might determine the top seed in the district.

Williston rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Chiefland, 11-5, last Thursday night, March 20.

The result leaves each team with one district loss as they have split their district season series. If both teams win out and finish tied, the various tiebreakers would still find the teams tied, and a coin toss will decide the top seed.

Either way, one of these teams will be seeded first and the other second.

"They're a good team," Chiefland coach Kyle Parnell said of his opponents shortly after the contest. He noted that while pitcher Ory Pitts, who threw 98 pitches in just a little over four innings, may not have pitched that well, "We didn't play well behind him, either."

Pitts singled in a run in the first, and four more scored in the second. Brent Slaughter doubled, Clenton Wasson had an RBI single, Daniel Galpin walked and Michael Perkins smashed a three-run homer to left.

But after that the Williston pitching combination of Trip Fugate, who pitched into the fifth, and Danny Etheridge, who had three shutout innings, shut down the Indians' bats.

Slaughter and Wasson had hits in the sixth, but nothing came of it, and Adam Burton doubled in the seventh. Pitts had the longest hit of the night, a 440-foot fly to center that was caught about 10 feet in front of the 450-foot fence.

Pitts was the losing pitcher, and Jeremy Hayes finished up.

Earlier in the game, Fugate had a big hit to key a three-run rally in the third as the Red Devils cut into the lead. Brent Stegall drove in a run in the first.

Trailing 5-4, the Red Devils took command by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning, starting with a two-run homer by Etheridge down the right field line after Tyrie Boyer had singled. Fugate singled, Stegall doubled and Fugate scored on a wild pitch. Chris Morrow had an infield hit to drive in Stegall. Later Charlie Hilton and Brandon Scott walked, and both scored on a throwing error on Carl Gilley's grounder. Gilley then scored on Boyer's double to left.

The scoring outburst didn?t surprise Williston coach Jim Smith.

?We?ve been swinging the bat well lately.?

He said his decision to start Fugate on the mound was because ?they had seen Danny (Etheridge) over there. We wanted to see what he could do.?