Lady Indians grab first win

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By Claude Lewis

It wasn't exactly pretty, but the end result sit just fine with coach Wayne Weatherford.

The Chiefland High varsity softball team won its home opener last Friday night, 6-4 over visiting Newberry.

The victory evened the Lady Indians record at 1-1 and moved the district record record to 1-0. Newberry fell to 0-2.

The Lady Indians were far from mid-season form, as errors still plaqued Weatherford's team, but they had enough to hang on.

Chiefland built a 6-1 lead and withstood a comeback by the Lady Panthers. The Lady Indians took advantage of some loose play themselves to construct the pad. Newberry made five errors.

Pitcher Brittany Davis had her second solid outing of the season, allowing just three hits. She walked four and struck out three. The Lady Indians committed four errors.

Chiefland wiped out a 1-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Amie Biehl and Brooke Williams reached via errors and Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Rebekka Wllkerson plated the first run with a grounder to third. Brittany Arrington worked a bases-loaded walk to force in the second run. The Lady Indians left the bases loaded.

It went to 3-1 in the second as Amye Grieves had a bunt single, Williams drew a walk and Davis had a swinging bunt single. Wilkerson popped out to second, but Grieves was heads-up on the base path, catching the Lady Panthers off-guard by tagging and racing home.

Chiefland threatened to add to the lead in the third, as Hagan Lewis and Grieves had hits, but the Ladies could not get a clutch hit to score.

Chiefland used three Newberry errors tp score three times in the fourth. Williams reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Arrington got on via error and also scored on a wild pitch. Lewis had an RBI single to score Cassie Labat.

Newberry rallied in the fifth, using a walk, two errors and a single.

Newberry went silently in the sixth, but threatened in the seventh. With one out, the Ladt Panthers used a walk and error to put runners on second and third. However, the runner at third was called out after making contact with the coach after rounding the bag. The final out was a liner to third baseman Labat.

Chiefland played host to Williston on Tuesday night.