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Rebels top Hornets, 3-2, win conference

The South Central baseball team is back on top in the Southern Athletic Conference.
Posting a 3-2 win over Henryville in Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader, the Rebels closed the books on the conference season. The end result was a perfect 5-0 record and the school’s third SAC title in four years.
Saturday’s game in Elizabeth was a tight one, but starting pitcher Matt Veith went the distance for the victory. He tossed seven innings, yielding seven hits while striking out seven.
Veith’s offense was patient, drawing six walks while collecting four hits.
South Central took the lead in the fifth inning, breaking a 1-all tie. Jason Boston led off the frame with a walk, followed by Josh Sams hitting a single. Henryville pitcher Cody Reister balked, allowing Boston to score the go-ahead run.
Mark O’Connor added an insurance run when he singled to plate Sams. The scoring put the Rebels up, 3-1.
Henryville threatened in the seventh inning, putting runners on second and third with no one out. Veith was able to escape the inning, forcing a groundout, followed by back-to-back strikeouts.
In game two, a non-conference matchup with the Hornets, South Central scored a 5-4 walk-off win.
The rally began in the sixth inning when the Rebels trailed 4-2. A double off the bat of Boston followed by singles from Sams, O’Connor and Alex Wiseman forced a tie ballgame.
Wiseman pitched the top of the seventh in relief of Boston and held the Hornets scoreless while striking out two.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jordan Yale and Boston hit singles. Sams drew a walk to load the bases for Spencer Ray with one out. Ray delivered to plate the winning run.
Sams, Boston and Ray finished game two with two hits each.
Boston pitched the first six innings, striking out six while giving up six hits.
The Rebels will open the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional tonight (Wednesday) at 7 against Borden.