WHS tops Chiefland in key district baseball game

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By Jim Clark

Williston rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Chiefland, 11-5, in a high school baseball game Thursday night.

The result leaves each team with one district loss as they have split their district season series. If both teams win out and finished tied, a coin toss will decide the top seed. Either way, one of these teams will be seeded first and the other second.

Trailing 5-4, the Red Devils scored seven runs in the fifth inning, starting with a two-run homer by Danny Etheridge down the right field line after Tyrie Boyer had singled. Trip Fugate singled, Brent Stegall doubled and Fugate scored on a wild pitch. Chris Morrow had an infield hit to drive in Stegall. Later Charlie Hilton and Brandon Scott walked, and both scored on a throwing error on Carl Gilley's grounder. Gilley then scored on Boyer's double to left.

Earlier in the game Fugate had a big hit to key a three-run rally in the third. Stegall drove in a run in the first.

For Chiefland Ory Pitts singled in a run in the first, and four more scored in the second. Brent Slaughter doubled, Clenton Wasson had an RBI single, Daniel Galpin walked and Michael Perkins smashed a three-run homer to left.

But after that the pitching combinaton of Fugate, who pitched into the fifth, and Etheridge, who had three shutout innings, shut down the Indians' bats. Slaughter and Wasson had hits in the sixth, but nothing came of it, and Adam Burton doubled in the seventh. Pitts had the longest hit of the night, a 440-foot fly to center that was caught about 10 feet in front of the 450-foot fence.

Pitts was the losing pitcher, throwing into the fifth and tossing 98 pitches. Jeremy Hayes finished up.