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Diamond Indians clobber Bronson in Round Two

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By Jenna McKenna

Chiefland boys answered the challenge Friday against Bronson baseball, traveling to the water tower field to clobber the Eagles 19-3 in their own nest. Indians' head coach Kyle Parnell had been deprecating of Chiefland's home performance against Bronson back in March; the Indians rallied then to beat a better-looking Bronson team 9-7.

“We were lucky to get a win,” Parnell said at the time.

“Bronson should have beaten us.”

The Indians left no doubt this time, as Jacob Reidy started on the mound and Jeremy Hayes put the Eagles away. This time it was Bronson head coach Mike Pogue's turn to critique his team's performance.

“We really didn't play well at all,” he said.

“We made a lot of errors, didn't hit the ball well, and when we did, Chiefland made good plays in the field.”

Bronson started Alan Brooks who, Pogue said, got off to a good start but “hit some guys and loaded the bases.” When Virgil Greenlee came in to relieve Brooks, he was already in a hole.

Greenlee, said Pogue, “didn't have a good outing either.” Kelby Barber closed, in one of his first trips to the mound this year.

Barber, heretofore a starter for Bronson, has been sidelined as a pitcher with elbow tendinitis. He has performed very well at shortstop, but has been missed on the mound. He recently changed to a submarine motion to pitch without stressing the elbow, and has been fairly effective, Pogue said.

An overall collapse was the story of the Eagles' loss, said the coach.

“We didn't play a clean game at all – we were close until the fourth inning or so, but after that it looked like we completely regressed,” said Pogue.

“It doesn't help that we haven't played in a week (due to the fair) – we only played one game last week and we'll only play one this week. But we hope to do better.”

Bronson hosts Mayo today at 7 p.m., their second-last district game.

“We lost to Mayo by one run up there,” Pogue said.

“Out of our six district losses, four have been by one run. In most of them, we had a lead in the fifth inning and just couldn't hold onto it. But that was before Kelby was available (for relief pitching). If we have him, we hope to use him after the fifth inning and get some finishes.”

Pogue says he expects to start Luke Morrison against Mayo this time around.

“Hopefully we can hold them in check and get a few hits, then bring Kelby in to close,” he said.

The Eagles will be at Williston's Spring Break tournament next week, playing the Red Devils Monday night at 7 p.m., Chiefland Tuesday at 1 p.m. and P.K. Yonge Tuesday at 4 p.m. Bronson's Senior Night will be Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. when the Eagles host Branford.