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Rebels start season strong before falling to No. 4 Tell City

Rebels start season strong before falling to No. 4 Tell City
Rebels start season strong before falling to No. 4 Tell City
South Central pitcher Damien Bush throws a pitch in the sixth inning against Tell City. The Marksmen utilized six Rebels errors to win, 12-3, Thursday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

South Central opened its season with three consecutive wins, vaulting the team to a strong start.
Then, the Rebels ran into Class 2A No. 4 Tell City on Thursday, and several defensive lapses led to a 12-3 loss to the Marksmen.
‘Our pitchers threw strikes and did a nice job,’ South Central coach Nick Tremain said. ‘We need to do a better job at making plays to help the pitchers out. They made the necessary pitches, but giving extra outs makes it tougher on them, especially against a good hitting team like Tell City.’
Six errors hampered the Rebels, leading to several unearned Marksmen runs. In the opening inning, Tell City took advantage of South Central starting pitcher Matt Veith’s struggles to find the strike zone. Three walks led to two runs, capped by Jordan Heck’s single. Veith escaped the bases-loaded jam forcing a ground out and striking out Jeff Braun.
Lefty Alex Wiseman relieved Veith in the second inning and gave up two runs after an infield error. Other unearned runs in the third and fifth innings led to Tell City taking a commanding 9-0 lead.
Tell City starting pitcher Dayne Siebert cruised through the first four innings, not allowing a base runner. The tide changed in the bottom of the fifth when Josh Sams drew a leadoff walk.
Following Sams, Spencer Ray landed South Central’s first hit with a single to left field. With two on, Jordan Yale reached on an error, plating Sams. A second run was added when Ray scored on a fielder’s choice. The inning chased Siebert in favor of reliever Jesse Lawulin.
The Rebels added the third run in the sixth. With one out, three consecutive batters reached. Jason Boston led with a walk, followed by a Sams double. Boston scored when Ray hit his second single. A double play ended the inning, and South Central cut the lead to 9-3.
Tell City added three runs in the seventh to put the game away.
Wiseman went three innings on the hill before giving way to Damien Bush in the fifth inning.
South Central’s offense has been a strength thus far this season, but Tremain said the team needs to improve on defense.
‘I’m happy with our hitting approach,’ he said. ‘This early in the season they are hitting strike and getting fast balls to hit. Today, Tell City just made plays and we didn’t. We can put up runs, but we have to work on our play in the field.’
The Rebels gave up one hit in an 11-1 victory over Yale (Mich.) last Tuesday. Alex Wiseman recorded eight strikeouts in the run-rule shortened game for the win.
Spencer Ray paced the offense with three hits, nearly hitting for the cycle, with a single, double and triple. Out of the No. 3 spot, Jason Boston recorded five RBI, with three coming off a first-inning home run. Mark O’Connor contributed an extra base hit with a triple in the fourth inning.
The following day, South Central landed a 9-5 victory over visiting Charlestown in a rain makeup game.
Boston went the distance on the hill, recording nine strikeouts while giving up seven hits.
South Central opened the game with a 3-1 lead after the first inning when Lucas West and Boston launched homers over the fence.
West finished with a perfect day the plate, going 3 for 3 with two singles and a walk. O’Connor padded the Rebels lead in the fifth with a two-run single. Eight of the nine starters recorded hits for the Rebels.