Chiefland baseball advances to state

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:35 a.m.

THE VILLAGES — For the first time in school history, Chiefland High School has a baseball team that is going to the state final four.

Another pitching gem by senior Tim Reidy and a break-out sixth inning gave the Indians the Class 1A, Region 4 championship Friday with an 8-1 win over The Villages Buffalo.

The fourth inning was the only frame Reidy got into a jam and that was because of two Indian fielding errors. For the rest of the game, the tall senior was spot on.

“He has been clutch all year long,” Chiefland senior center fielder Cole Parks said. “When he is on the mound I expect a “W”, everybody expects a “W”. He hits his spots. Wherever you put that glove chances are Timmy's gonna hit (that spot). There is never any doubt with him.”

From the time he toed the rubber in the first inning, Reidy showed great composure in the Indians' biggest game to date with complete command of his pitches.

The senior gave up one run, which was unearned, and just two hits, all coming in the fourth inning. Reidy recorded eight fly outs, five ground outs (two double plays) and five strikeouts.

“I felt very focused from the start and just came in throwing strikes,” said Reidy. “I was able to spot my fastball really well. My curveball and change-up were working well toward the end of the game.”

After the fourth inning, Reidy set down the Buffalo 1-2-3 in the last three innings thanks to a double play ball and three strikeouts.

The Indians jumped on Buffalo starter Mason Sullivan in the first inning for two runs. An RBI ground out with the bases loaded by Trevor Castell gave Chiefland (17-7) a 1-0 lead. Parks followed with a fisted, bloop single for the second Indians run.

Sullivan was done after three innings. Hunter Floyd took the mound in the top of the fourth. He silenced the Indians bats until the sixth inning.

The six-run, sixth inning, that had 10 Indians sent to the plate, was highlighted by Clayton Smith's three-run triple.

Chiefland will meet Panama City Bozeman in the state semifinals Wednesday in Fort Myers.

“There aren't even words for it,” Reidy said. “I'm just so happy right now.”

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