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Keystone takes district baseball title

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Jerrett Tschorn singled in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving in two runs and putting Keystone Heights in the lead for good, as the Indians claimed the District 5-4A baseball title by beating Fort White 8-4, Thursday night, in Interlachen.

The Indians entered the fourth trailing 1-0, after a first-inning home run by Fort White’s Willie Carter off Keystone starting pitcher Wyatt Harvin. After giving up the home run on the game’s fourth pitch, Harvin held Fort White hitless through the next 4 1/3 innings.

However, a walk, a hit batsman, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth allowed Fort White to extend its lead to 2-0.

Immediately after Fort White scored its second run, umpires delayed the game for 30 minutes due to lightning.

Jackson Hicks led off Keystone’s fourth inning with a sharp grounder to third base. However, an errant to throw by Fort White’s third baseman, Cameron Hilbert, allowed Hicks to reach second.

After Fort White’s Austin Dupree struck out Tyler Keaton for the inning’s first out, Jerrett Fowler hit a grounder to third, but Hilbert’s throw pulled first baseman Willie Carter off of the base, allowing Fowler to reach first and advancing Hicks to third.

Next, Bryce Plummer slapped a grounder between second and third base, but Fort White’s shortstop, Ryan Ellis, could not handle the short hopper. Hicks came home on the error, while Fowler reach second, and Plummer parked at first.

Pierson Lewis followed with another grounder to the shortstop, but Plummer beat Ellis’ throw to second, loading the bases with one out.

Kyle Hix then lifted a fly ball to centerfield. Fowler sprinted home and beat Raymond Barber’s throw to the plate, tying the game.

Next, Gage Hall reached first with a walk, and then Tschorn delivered his game-winning single to right field, bringing home Plummer and Lewis.

Fort White added one run, and Keystone, four runs in the fifth inning. Fort White added another run in the seventh, resulting in an 8-4 final score.

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