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Chiefland scores win against Bronson in baseball

By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

Shortstop Timmy Reidy went sliding to his right on one knee to backhand a sharp grounder in the hole before firing to first base. The ball beat the runner by a step, capping Chiefland’s 11-3 win at Bronson on Thursday.

Under clear skies and a full moon, the Indians rushed Reidy to celebrate the final out and their first official victory of 2011. Enthusiasm was high all night for Chiefland, especially after Quis Green's two-run homer to left in the sixth created the final margin of victory. His coach settled players down in short left field for about 15 minutes going over the game. There were positives, and negatives.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve,” said Chiefland coach Kyle Parnell, whose team lost 12-4 at Williston in Tuesday’s season opener.

Senior right-hander Bo Beauchamp did his part, scattering six hits and shutting out the Eagles (0-2) for four innings. 

“We were really pleased with Bo for his first outing of the year,” Parnell said. “He just came in from basketball, so he hasn’t had a lot of work. But he did a nice job of throwing strikes.

“And our defense made some really nice plays behind him.”

Beauchamp didn’t allow any walks and only struck out one batter, which pleased Bronson first-year coach Alan Strickland. All total, just three Eagles were fanned during the game as they jumped on first pitch fastballs. They hit the ball hard often, but mostly right at defenders.

“The guys told me they wanted to see faster (batting practice), so we cranked up the pitching machine to about 85-90 (miles per hour),” said Strickland, who played for Parnell at Chiefland. “I even threw to them some and then (against Chiefland), they said the ball didn’t look fast at all.”

Matt Olivarria was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Popper Stephenson highlighted Bronson’s three-run fifth inning with an RBI double. For Chiefland, Brent Slaughter was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI while Travis Wain was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The teams meet again on April 1 in Chiefland.