Smith walk-off double lifts Indians over Lafayette

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By Sean Arnold

The stakes weren’t as high as they were the last time the teams met, but Chiefland did exact some revenge last Tuesday for its state finals loss to Lafayette (Mayo) in baseball action last Tuesday.


As with all of its games so far this season, the Indians were caught in a nail-biter against the Hornets as they headed into the seventh inning with the score knotted at 3-3.

With two outs, sophomore catcher Elijah Smith then drove in pinch runner Lonnie Hinote with a walk-off double to lift Chiefland to a 4-3 win.

The win improved Chiefland to 2-0.

Hinote was running for Kelby Osteen, who boarded on a single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Casey Lawson and Keegan McLelland delivered back to-back doubles before Osteen added a single to help Chiefland climb out of a 3-1 deficit and tie the game.

Lawson allowed three hits and four walks while fanning five to earn the win on the mound in a complete-game performance.

The Chiefland baseball team suffered its first setback on the season Monday, as it was shutout 2-0 by visiting Branford.

The defeat moved the Indians to 2-1 overall, and 1-1 in District 1A-7.

Jose Guerrero went 2 for 3 for Chiefland, while Seth Thomas doubled and Lawson added the club’s only other hit. McLelland and Wyatt Hammond shared duties on the mound. McLelland fanned eight and allowed two walks and three hits in four innings of work.

The Buccaneers rallied for both their runs in the fifth behind a two-run double by Trey Sapp.

The teams play again Friday in Branford at 7 p.m. The Indians are then at home next Tuesday for a non-district rivalry meeting with Williston, before going on the road to play Bell Friday, March 10, in district play.