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Cougars, Rebels fall in regional games

North Harrison had opportunities Wednesday, but visiting South Dearborn came up with clutch hits to keep the Cougars searching for their first Regional baseball crown, eliminating North Harrison 4-2.
South Dearborn benefited from a walk and a Cougar error in the third inning to take an early lead. Consecutive doubles from Adam Wheat and Joshua Harrell plated the first three runs in the third inning.
North Harrison responded with a run via a South Dearborn wild pitch in the third and an Adam Keisler sac fly that scored Chris Rawert after he hit a triple in the fourth. South Dearborn added an insurance run in the sixth as North Harrison left a total of seven runners on base.
Bradley Disbro picked up the win for South Dearborn and Cody Drake pitched the final three innings for the save. Kyle Whittinghill took the loss for the Cougars who finished the season 15-11.
Meanwhile, Tuesday in Elizabeth, Northeast Dubois hit the ball and hit the ball hard against host South Central Tuesday, totaling 17 hits to end the Rebels’ season, 18-2 in five innings.
Northeast Dubois hit five home runs as Rebel coach Nick Tremain went through four pitchers on the evening. Nathan Seitz’s first of two home runs came on a three-run shot in the first inning, giving Northeast Dubois a quick 5-0 start. Jordan Jones and Cody Fischer added home runs but pinch hitter Andrew Matheis’s grand slam in the fifth sealed the game.
Fischer picked up the win, striking out nine in five innings. South Central was able to push across a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Adam McKnight plated a run with a double and Cody Jobe brought home Chip Hockenbury with a sacrifice fly.
Dustin Hornickel took the loss for the Rebels who finished the season with a 16-12 record.