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After their wildest game of the season, the Chiefland high school baseball team returned home for one of their least dramatic. Both games had the same result.
The Indians handled Dixie County easily on April 10, winning 8-1. Following a nine-run comeback at Union County in another district contest, this game was never in doubt.
The victory extended the team’s season-high winning streak to four. It was another impressive display of a team playing its best baseball of the season.
John Ward made sure the streak stayed intact. He went five innings, allowing one run while recording seven strikeouts. His final strikeout was the most important. After beginning to falter in the fifth inning, Ward struck out a batterwith the bases loaded, ending the Bears’ best chance for a comeback.
Ward stayed aggressive throughout, routinely getting Dixie batters into 0-2 wholes. In the third he recorded three outs on nine pitches-all for strikes. He put all three batters down 0-2 in the fourth inning as well.
“Our team philosophy is to be aggressive,” Ward said. “It makes them work hard and keeps them on their toes.”
Tim was even more impressive in his two innings of work. He struck out six of the seven batters he faced, obliterating any chance for the Bears to pull a comeback like Chiefland did to the Tigers.
Chiefland’s bats meanwhile continued to stay hot. Gray Gerhard and Clayton Smith each had an RBI while James Corbin added two RBI’s for the Indians.
The lineupd trudged through six innings from Cross City pitching. They also battled with an inconsistent strike zone that frustrated the Indians for much of the night.
“The zone was erratic tonight,” head coach Kyle Parnell said. “But we have to adjust to what the umpire gives us.”