P.K. Yonge shocks Indians in district tournament

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By Claude Lewis

FORT WHITE -This isn't the first time you read it, but baseball is a funny game, indeed.

In the Majors, Wild Card teams beat the Division champs in the playoffs.

In the best-of-one crap shoot otherwise known as FHSAA districts, teams that dominated during the regular season can see their seasons suddenly end with a shocking loss to a low seed.

It happened Tuesday afternoon at Fort White High, as Chiefland fell to P.K. Yonge, 2-0.

The Indians, ranked No. 8 in the state and the top seed in the Class 3A District 5, finish the season with a record of 18-4.

P.K., which lost to Chiefland twice during the regular season, advances to Thursday night?s district finals. The 17-10 Blue Wave are assured of a berth in the upcoming regionals.

"I told the kids it hurts bad now, but we still had a special season,"said Indian coach Kyle Parnell. "We didn't lose at home for the second straight year. Years from now, they'll look back and remember the good things."

But for now, the Indians are no doubt having nightmares about facing a funky junkballer with baggy pants who could do little wrong.

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