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South Central's Austin Knear runs toward second base, beating a throw by Lanesville during Friday's game in Elizabeth. Photo by Brandon Mullens

No. 9 Rebels hit well, top rival Lanesville

May 21, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Class A No. 9 South Central held off a late rally by Lanesville to earn a 9-5 victory Friday afternoon.

The host Rebels tested the Eagles' defense early.

In the first, after being walked on four straight balls, Nick Veith stole second base and then hauled to third after a missed throw at second.

Austin Knear drove in Veith after a line drive up the middle that almost took off pitcher Austin Dauphinee's head. Knear kept the flow going by stealing second base and putting them in scoring position with one out.

Lanesville ended the inning by earning a double play when shortstop Brenden Bube snagged a line drive hit by Parker Gabhart and tagged second before Knear could get back.

In the bottom of the second, Alex Goforth reached second base on an error by left-fielder Ryan McCubbins. Goforth then stole second. Jack Turner laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached second base after an overthrow to first. Goforth scored on the error to give South Central the 2-0 advantage with zero outs.

Dauphinee struck out the opposing pitcher, Nathan Shaffer, then forced two ground outs to end the inning.

The Rebels were able to make defensive plays to keep Lanesville off the bases in the third. Gregory Daly and Tommy Tidstrom popped out to left field, and Stephen Shaffer was thrown out at first on a dropped third strike.

In the third inning, South Central scored seven runs, forcing Lanesville to make tough defensive plays by hitting the ball in the gaps.

Cory Ray hit a hard ground ball to third; Jon Ferree dove on the ground but couldn't make the throw to first. Veith laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Ray to second, but Veith was thrown out at first.

Lanesville intentionally walked the next batter in hopes of a forced play. However, a wild second pitch by Dauphinee let the runners move to second and third, then the Eagles intentionally walked Gabhart for another forced play.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Goforth hit a deep ball that brought in two runs. Jack Turner hit another long ball to center field to bring in Gabhart and make the score 5-0.

Nathan Shaffer reached first on an error by Ferree, and Logan May doubled to center field that allowed Turner and Shaffer to reach home and make the score 7-0.

Lanesville brought in Steven Shaffer to face the Rebels' hit streak, but Joe Logsdon hit a hard ground ball to center-field to bring in May for another run.

A wild pitch and a walk put Logsdon and Ray on first and second, respectively. Veith hit a line drive over third to bring in South Central's final run of the game and take a 9-0 commanding lead.

"They hit the fastball really well," Lanesville head coach Rusty McCubbins said. "But judging from the past, they've always been a good fast-ball hitting team."

After a fast fourth inning, Lanesville rallied in the fifth inning and scored five runs to show they still had some fight in them.

Caleb Gresham took first base after being hit by a pitch, and Evan Peele singled to left field. Josh Barnes batted in the first run for the Eagles when he hit a line drive to center field.

Steven Shaffer hit a sac-fly to left, and Peele tagged up on third to make the score 9-2.

Bube kept the slug-fest going when he hit a RBI-double to left that brought Barnes to home plate. Dauphinee doubled to center field and brought in two more runs to bring them within four runs.

The inning came to a close when Ferree grounded out to third, and neither team would score again.

In the sixth, South Central came close to scoring on a passed ball at home, but Stephen Shaffer tagged Knear at home to get the final out and kept the Rebels from increasing their lead.

In the seventh, after a Ray walk, Stephen Shaffer hit a line drive to right field, but Logsdon made a great sliding catch to give them two outs. Bube drew another walk, but Dauphinee struck out swinging to end the game.

"I thought we adjusted well to their pitching, and I'm glad we kept fighting," McCubbins said.

Nathan Shaffer struck out seven and walked one before Ray started the sixth inning to finish out the game. Ray struck out three, walked two and allowed no hits.

Dauphinee allowed six hits and three earned runs before Stephen Shaffer came in at the end of the third inning. Stephen allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out one.

"I thought we played well tonight," Rebels head coach Brian McKnight said. "We made good plays in the field, and we hit the ball well, so you can't complain about that too much."

"Lanesville played well; they battled back and they didn't die," he said. "Anytime you're playing a rival, anything could happen and Lanesville never gave up."

Lanesville 000 050 0 – 5 5 5

South Central 117 000 x – 9 7 0

W – Shaffer, L – Dauphinee.

2B – Dauphinee (L), Bube (L), Goforth (SC), Turner (SC), May (SC).

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