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Chiefland salutes lone senior with win

By Ryan Butler

It may not have been the biggest senior class in Chiefland High School baseball history, but it, or he, went out with a bang in the team's final home game.
Travis Wain, the only senior on the roster, earned the win by pitching four innings in Chiefland's 5-2 win against Seven Rivers Christian School on April 17. It wasn't the Indian's smoothest victory but it continued the home team's winning ways.  Chiefland has won eight of its last nine games.
"I'm proud to come out here and get a win," said head coach Kyle Parnell, "We got just enough run support to get it."
Chiefland struggled against a team they beat 15-4 just two weeks earlier. Parnell attributed his team's reduced intensity to an early start time and an out-of-district opponent from a small school.
The game allowed Trevor Miller to shine. In two and two-thirds innings of relief for Wain, Miller allowed no hits and three walks. He also induced a big double play and held the Warriors without a run.  Tim Reidy came in for the final out, facing one batter and earning the de facto save.
Offensively, the Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the first, providing all the offense they would need for the win. Reidy, Peyton Parnell and John Ward all scored in an inning that saw all nine Chiefland batters come to the plate. Reidy knocked home Cole Parks in the second, putting the Indians up 4-1. After allowing a run in the top of the inning, Wain brought home Clayton Smith with an RBI single in the third extending Chiefland's lead to 5-2.
Wain said it was tough being the lone senior on a team that featured eight seniors a year earlier. His favorite part about his time with CHS baseball team was getting together as a group and just getting an opportunity to play the game.
"I'm going to miss it for sure," Wain said. "This field was a second home to me."