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Chiefland girls had bills to pay Thursday when they hosted area rival Trenton for Senior Night. The Lady Tigers had beaten Chiefland in a one-run game up at their place, and the Lady Indians wanted to send their seniors, Brittany Davis and Shelbie Hastings, out on a high note. They did it in style, allowing Trenton one big inning before bringing the hammer down in a 14-4 Chiefland win.
The Indians started the game off with a bang, catching two consecutive Tiger baserunners in a rundown. Amie Biehl applied the tag after Amber Richardson, Taylore Fuller and Davis trapped Amanda Schweiterman between third and home, and Janessa Barrios came in from center field to help corral Brandy Matthews between second and third.
Fired up from an exciting first half-inning, Biehl got a leadoff single, coming home on a passed ball. Chiefland batted through the order and six runs scored, thanks to RBI by Amber Richardson and Kaylee Ecker, and a two-RBI two-bagger by Lyndsie Stalvey. The parade continued in the second inning as Fuller and Richardson again touched all four, Fuller by way of a walk and Richardson with an RBI double.
Trenton took advantage of some loose play in the field in the third inning, with four runs – only one earned – scoring to cut the lead to 8-4 Chiefland. Alexis Dixon had a two-RBI single to bring in Jo Hutchinson and Kaitlyn Sauls.
Fortunately, even if the Indians' gloves had a little creak in them, their bats didn't. Biehl got on again in the sixth and Fuller drove her home. Richardson passed the favor along, bringing home Fuller, and Stalvey brought home Richardson and Barrios with a two-passenger triple.
When Stalvey came home it was 13-4 Chiefland after three innings, and the Indians' defense oiled up the gloves to keep Trenton from scoring any more. Richardson slammed the door behind her with a line shot over the left field fence for 10 runs in the fourth inning. When Chiefland returned to the field in the fifth, Davis on the mound faced five batters for three outs and the win.
Apart from the third inning hiccup, Chiefland played a dominating game. Davis allowed only four hits and averaged four batters per inning, except in the third. The Indians hit the lights out, with every batter reaching base. Big hitters included Stalvey, who went 2-3 with a two-RBI double and a two-RBI triple, Fuller, who went 2-4 with three runs and an RBI-double, and Richardson, who nearly hit for the cycle – 4-4 with a single, two doubles, one dinger and two RBI.
“This was sweet revenge for the girls,” said Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford.
“Amber did a really great job – that's her second home run this season. All the girls hit well.”
Weatherford said the team knows they can't afford to have an inning like the third against a district team.
“We had that one sloppy inning and got back OK to finish out the season,” he said.
“We hope to play a whole lot better in districts and win all our games so we can come back here and host the first round of regionals.”
Williston hosts district tournament play starting Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. The final will be Thursday at 7 p.m. Chiefland faces Newberry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and a win would set them against Williston at 7 p.m. Wednesday.