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Rebels step it up against Paoli, 15-5

Rebels step it up against Paoli, 15-5
Rebels step it up against Paoli, 15-5
South Central's Brandon Eschbacher sneaks past Paoli catcher Drew Strahan in last Thursday's rain-soaked game in Elizabeth. The Rebels run-ruled the visitors, 15-5. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

South Central jumped on visiting Paoli early and often in a 15-5 rout last Thursday afternoon on the diamond in Elizabeth.
The contest, which was marred by a pestering drizzle, was over almost as soon as it began.
The Rebels (5-1) jumped on top, 8-0, by the bottom of the second and then put the contest away by notching seven more runs over the course of the next three innings.
South scored in every frame as righty Chad McRae landed his first win of the season.
After McRae retired the side in order in the Rams’ half of the opening stanza, South notched three runs in the bottom half.
With two outs, McRae walked and stole second, Nick Gehlbach walked and Brandon Eschbacher tagged a double to clear the bases. Jimmy Jamison followed with a ground ball up the middle to score Eschbacher.
McRae struck out the side in the second and then South went back to work offensively.
An RBI single by Greg Gehlbach was followed with a two-RBI double by McRae two batters later. Nick Gehlbach had a sacrifice fly to score Dustin Hornickel. Eschbacher capped the scoring in the inning with a RBI knock.
The Rams plated three runs in the top of the third: Kreigh Hentrup came across after a walk. He stole second and came home on back-to-back passed balls. Matt Smith walked and Ryan White singled to set the stage for a two-RBI double by Blake Chastain.
With Paoli challenging, 8-3, South effectively put the game away with two more runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings.
Paoli’s White knocked a homer in the fifth, but it was too little, too late for the visitors, who saw the game end on a run-rule in the bottom of that same inning.
On Monday, the Rebels and McRae came back to one-hit Eastern in a 6-0 shutout.
Greg Gehlbach, Jamison, McRae and Darrin Pellman all doubled in the winning effort as South Central blasted nine hits in the seven-inning affair.
South hosts Cannelton tomorrow (Thursday), West Washington on Saturday and Clarksville next Tuesday.
Henryville takes two from CC
Henryville, ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 1A coaches poll, swept Corydon Central in a double-header on Saturday, 10-2 and 12-8.
In the opener, Corydon jumped on top with a solo run in the first. The Hornets bounced right back with a two-run blast that gave the hosts a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Belcher got the job done on the mound as well, surrendering just five hits.
Corydon (1-6) led 5-0 in the second game, but couldn’t hold off Henryville in the loss.

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