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  • Huron sophomore Steele White watches his two-run shot in the first inning of Wednesday's game sail over the left field fence at Riverview High School. The Chiefs won 6-2. Photo gallery by Ricky Lindsay.
Behind a four-run first inning and solid pitching, Huron outlasted league-foe Riverview 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

A two-run shot by sophomore Steele White capped off Huron's fast start. Zach Williams scored two runs, plated Devin Collins in the seventh inning, and lasted four innings on the mound to collect the win. Freshman Jacob Simmers pitched three innings of relief for the junior, nailing down the save.

After dropping Tuesday's contest with Huron League rival Airport 2-1, Huron Coach Dan Kalbfleisch was pleased to see his recover in a big way against the Pirates.

"Our boys showed that resiliency to bounce back and pick up the W today," he said.

Beau Yaremko scored both Riverview's runs. Kaleb Russell settled in on the mound following a disastrous first inning to go the distance.

With rainouts forcing teams' hands down the stretch, Riverview Coach Chris Haut said his team hit a breaking point during a tedious schedule.

"This is our ninth game in five days," he said. "I think we just kind of hit the wall today. We didn't swing the bat very well and their pitcher threw strikes. We gave them four in the first and it's hard to come back when you give them four runs in the first inning."

With Williams pitch count quickly rising, Kalbfleisch was dealt the task of sending in a long reliever, rather than wasting arms before Thursday's showdown with Saint Mary's Catholic Central. Nonetheless, he was impressed with the poise his pitcher showed against Riverview.

"I thought Zach Williams came out and threw the ball hard," Kalbfleisch said. "He was locating pitches well."

Senior Elijah Scott drove in the game's first run on an RBI double. It was his lone hit on the day, but the shortstop flashed the leather often to lockdown Huron's infield.

Riverview faces Woodhaven next Wednesday. Huron faces Huron League leader SMCC on Thursday.

If the Chiefs are peaking at the right moment, Kalbfleisch knows they'll be a difficult team come tournament time.

"If we get everyone going at the same time in the next seven days, we're going to be a tough out in districts. That was our plan the whole year win a championship. Districts could be that."

Last Updated: 5/21/2014 10:02:22 PM EST

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