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CHIPOLA FIRST IN CONFERENCE AS SEASON NEARS END

Jacky Miles Jr. explodes for two doubles against NWFS Friday Jacky Miles Jr. explodes for two doubles against NWFS Friday Joseph Daniels Williams

The Chipola Indians baseball team improved to 10-4 on the season after splitting games with Northwest Florida State this past week.

Chipola fell in game on Wednesday at NWFS 8-4 before returning home on Friday to take a 7-4 win and retain first place in the Panhandle Conference.

In game one, Addison Reed got the starting nod on the mound for Chipola, went 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Anthony Burke who went 3 1/3 innings and took the hard luck loss, giving up only one earned run but had three unearned runs. David Wright and Tevelle “TJ” Clark both threw in relief before Ramon DeLa Cruz closed out the final two innings. Reed allowed two earned runs, with Wright giving up one run and Clark two runs.

Chipola fell behind 2-0 before answering with a mammoth grand slam by Gunnar McNeil in the fourth inning to pull ahead 4-2. In the bottom of the inning, the Raiders answered with three runs to take a 5-4 lead and never looked back, scoring one in the sixth and the final two in the seventh inning.

Friday night’s game took on a different look dominant pitching through 7 2/3 innings. Chipola got another stellar start on the mound from Jeffrey Harding who did not allow a hit until the third inning and one in the fourth. Harding left the mound with two outs in the seventh, no runs allowed on four hits, and recorded eight strikeouts. Culver Lambe came on in relief, allowed four runs on one hit, two walks, and one hit batter before giving way to Gunnar McNeil. McNeil picked up the save allowing no runs to cross the plate with only one hit surrendered.

Offensively, Chipola got on board in the sixth inning when Jacky Miles, Jr. led off with a double and scored on a double by Kevin Santa. Santa crossed the plate when Lazaro Rivera singled to put Chipola up 2-0. Chipola added four runs in the seventh inning when Maurice Cooley led off with a triple to right center. A single by Tyler Biggs scored Cooley and a double by Miles scored Biggs. Santa joined the hit parade with a double scoring one and crossed the plate on a single by Rivera before the inning ended. Cooley picked up his seventh homerun of the season with a shot over left center with two outs in the eighth inning. Andrew DiLacqua then took one for the team but a strikeout ended the inning with him left on the bag.

Chipola was scheduled to travel to Pensacola on Saturday before returning to Chipola Field Monday for their final matchup of the year with the Pirates of Pensacola.

Results of those games are in this issue of the Jackson County Times.

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