Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The 11-7 Chiles Timberwolves took a seven-game win streak into a game against the 13-6 Leon Lions. The Timberwolves were able to pull out a 5-3 win.
“It’s not about the streak, it’s about making enough plays to win the game and that’s what we did,” Chiles head coach Dick Steed said.
Runs for Chiles were scored by Zach Holcomb, Garrette Greene, Ben Anderson, Tyler Gerteisen and Sam Rudd. Runs for Leon were scored by Josh Rozental, True Fontenot and Victor Castillo.
The first two innings were deadlocked, with both teams testing the other out. It wasn’t until the top of the third that someone struck. Rosental stole home after a single by Tyler Borges and an error by Chiles’s Mason Sanford. Chiles answered right back in the bottom of the third with a run of their own by Holcom.
“It was a well-fought game, not a particularly well-played game, but hard fought,” Steed said.
Chiles proceeded to score two unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth by Anderson and Greene.
No runs were scored until the top of the sixth when Leon’s Fontenot stole home off of a Tyler Sims single. Soon after, Castillo stole home to tie the score at three.
In the bottom of the sixth Chiles took off and never looked back. Gertesisen hit a single which was followed up by a double by Rudd that led to another single, this time by Jozef Rohbacher. Gertesisen and Rudd waltzed home.
In a last-ditch effort, Leon attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh that was quickly extinguished by the Timberwolves defense.
“We wanted to win to get first place in our district. If you win the district, you’re automatically in the playoffs and that’s what we got tonight,” Steed said.