Diamond tribe looks ahead after setback

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By Jenna McKenna

After a good run of wins, Chiefland baseball was sorely tested last week by a bad home loss to Taylor County and a 12-2 district loss at Ft. White.

“We got beat up pretty good up there – ten-runned again,” said Indians' Head Coach Kyle Parnell.

“Basically they hit the ball and we didn't. They swung the bats well; we hit the ball hard but seemed to hit it right at them. Only about two strikeouts, but whenever we put the ball in play, they just made the plays – give Ft. White the credit.”

With the loss, Chiefland is 7-4 on the season and 4-3 in the district, having beaten Dixie County twice and P.K. Yonge and Newberry once each, and lost twice to Ft. White and once to Williston.

“At least that Taylor County loss wasn't a district game,” Parnell said.

Chiefland will have played the second half of their district series with P.K. Yonge this Tuesday, then will face Newberry today and Bronson next Friday. The Indians clobbered Newberry on a bitter night late last month, but were tested at home by Bronson in their last meeting.

“We've got to continue to swing our bats – hope to get some timely hitting. We need to play a little better defense than we have the last couple of games.”

Parnell stressed that his young team is still working on coming together.

“We've still got some growing pains,” he said.

“Last year, though, maybe we peaked a little early, and then we were one and done in districts. I hope this year we can continue to build and then we can peak in the tournament.”

“Although,” Parnell noted, “we'd sure like to win every game.”

It's not too late to start looking ahead to Spring Break tournaments. The Indians will travel to Williston to play in the Red Devils' Spring Break Tournament, playing at 1 p.m. April 13, 14 and 15 against Wildwood, Bronson and Baker County. If Chiefland reaches the championship, that game will be April 16 at 7 p.m.