Wet weather and postponements didn’t impact the Chiles High baseball team’s preparation for Monday’s opening round of the baseball playoffs.
“We just kept working every day, preparing to play and following our routine as much as possible,” Kyle Taddeo said.
“Our approach at the plate is a lot better, we are squaring more balls up and striking out less.”
The Timberwolves turned their road trip to Orange Park into a walk in the park, blanking Fleming Island, 10-0, in a Region 1-7A quarterfinal that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
In a Region 1-3A game, visiting Maclay was eliminated by Jacksonville Eagle’s View, 10-5.
Both games were originally scheduled for last Thursday but got pushed back by persistent rain over North Florida.
The Timberwolves (17-10) didn’t miss a beat.
Taddeo led Chiles’ 13-hit assault with a 3-for-3 performance and 4 RBIs. Harlan Harris had three hits, including a double, and Tyler Beal added two hits and scored two runs.
Starter Boomer Biegalski allowed one hit with five strikeouts following a 12-day layoff since his 16-strikeout performance against Lincoln High in the district tournament.
Biegalski (6-3) believed the extra rest proved beneficial.
“I was throwing fastballs, working the corners, and my defense played great behind me,” Biegalski said. “Felt good.”
Chiles coach Dick Steed couldn’t argue with the results.
“Boomer has been great all year, but the past month he has been really sharp and elevated everything about his game,” said Steed, whose team advanced to the regional finals last year. “He’s giving us a heckuva chance when he’s on the mound, and we finally supported him with a few runs.”
Chiles will host Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional semifinal against Neptune Beach Fletcher, a 2-0 winner over Ocala Forest on Monday. The FHSAA moved the game from today to Wednesday.
In semifinal games today, Vernon is at Liberty County in Class 1A, Aucilla Christian is at Jacksonville Trinity Christian in 2A, Madison County hosts nationally-ranked Pensacola Catholic in 4A, and Wakulla is at Gulf Breeze in 5A.