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From the get-go, it looked like it was going be Andy Jones' night.
The left-handed ace of the Trenton High pitching staff was simply mowing through the Chiefland Indian lineup last Friday night, keeping Indians off balance with his masterful command of fastball, curve and change-up.
But silently, his Chiefland mound counterpart –Jeremy Hayes –was also getting the job done.
Some sloppy play in the field helped Trenton grab a first inning lead, but Hayes kept working hard on the hill to keep his team within striking distance.
Late in the game, it all came together for Chiefland –a hit by Kory Hanchar –the Indians first off Jones –followed by a booming home run by Ory Pitts, and the game was tied.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Chiefland scratched across an unearned run without the benefit of a hit.
The Indians celebrated the 3-2 victory, while Jones walked off the mound a bit stunned.
If you keep it close, you give yourself a chance,"said Chiefland coach Kyle Parnell, whose team improved its record to 4-1. "We showed good discipline at bat in the seventh.
Hayes led off the seventh by taking one for the team –a Jones pitch in the back. Matt Williams walked and Dan Galpin laid down sacrifice bunt to move the runners up. Mike Perkins was intentionally walked to create the force at any base. Hanchar faked a bunt but pulled back. Hayes was caught cheating down the line. The throw from the catcher got away from third, allowing Hayes to race home with the winning run.
The rally had spoiled a two-hit, 11-strikeout gem by Jones.
Hayes, the junior right-hander, also threw a whale of a game. He surrendered just threw hits and fanned six.
"I'm tired,"Hayes said. "That's the most pitches I've ever thrown. I had to keep fighting. I got that first inning out of my mind and kept fighting."
Trenton scored twice in the first, using two errors, a walk and a hit batsman.
It stayed 2-0 until the bottom of sixth, with Jones chopping up the Indian batters.
Hanchar led off with a single to left for Chiefland's first hit off Jones. Brent Slaughter sacrificed him to second, bringing up senior Pitts.
Pitts picked on a Jones fastball and gave it a ride over the fence in right-center.
All of a sudden, tie ballgame.
It wasn't long after that when it was, all of a sudden, Chiefland victory.
The Indians jumped back into district play Tuesday with a home test against Williston. Chiefland entered that contest with a 2-0 district mark.
CHIEFLAND 8, FORT WHITE 1 –The Indians won this district game on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Winning pitcher Ory Pitts went the distance. He received plenty of support in the first inning, as the Indians pushe across five runs. Clent Wasson doubled and Brent Slaughter and Matt Williams had singles.
Kyle Shivers had a RBI double in the fourth inning. He also had another two-bagger in the game.
Wasson finished with two singles to go with hs double. Kory Hanchar and Jeremy Hayes had singles.