By March 17, 2017


MARIANNA— The top-ranked Chipola College Indians are 6-0 in Panhandle Conference play after winning the first two games of a four game set with


Chipola blanked the Pirates 8-0 on March 14 behind the pitching of Bowden Francis (6-1). He earned the win with six strikeouts in six innings. Connor Hock finished the game in the seventh. Reynaldo Rivera had a homerun and four RBI.

The Indians run-ruled the Pirates again 10-0 on March 16 in five innings. Riley Cabral (6-0) picked up the win with four strikeouts in four innings. Parker Warren finished out the fifth. Rivera, Te’Kwaan Whyte and Jacob Silverstein each had 2 RBI for Chipola. The Indians finish the series with a double-header at Pensacola March 18.

Chipola hosts Northwest March 21 and 23, both at 5 p.m. The Indians hit the road for games at Northwest (March 25) and at Gulf Coast (March 28 and 30). Chipola hosts Gulf Coast in a double-header, Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Chipola swept Tallahassee in four games: March 7 (16-5) in six innings; March 9 (9-1) in eight innings; March 11 game one (16-1) in five innings and game two (9-7). Chipola third baseman Andrew Bechtold was named Florida College System/NJCAA Region 8 Baseball Player of the Week for his performance in the series. The sophomore from Chadds Ford, Pa., had a .688 average (11-for-16) with seven runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs in four games during the voting period. He doubled, scored and drove in a run in all four games between Chipola and Tallahassee. He was 2-for-4 in game one and went a combined 7-for-9 in the middle two games of the series. He homered in games two and three of the series and was 4-for-4 in game three.

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