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No. 3 Rebels top Creek, improve to 10-1

The Class A No. 3 South Central baseball team continued its stellar start to the season with a win Thursday over Silver Creek, along with going 2-1 at the Madison Invitational.
Against Silver Creek, Nick Veith put in a big effort on the hill, holding the Dragons to one hit during seven innings. He struck out two while walking three.
‘It was good defense behind very good pitching,’ South Central coach Brian McKnight said. ‘Nick did more than we asked of him and pitched a great game.’
McKnight said the team effectively moved runners and came up with timely hitting to score the 2-0 win over Silver Creek. South Central finished with six hits, while Silver Creek committed a pair of errors.
At the Madison Invitational, the Rebels fell behind the host school Friday 3-0 after three innings and weren’t able to rally back. South Central scored two in the fifth inning, but Madison took the runs back in the fifth and sixth to win 5-2.
Jason Boston took the loss for the Rebels, their first of the year.
‘Jason pitched well enough to get the win, but we could not come up with a big hit with runners in scoring position,’ McKnight said.
South Central bounced back Saturday to nab a pair of wins in the consolation bracket. The Rebels walloped Southwestern (Hanover) 8-1, thanks to a seven-run fourth inning. Pitching was key again, holding Southwestern to two hits. Nathan Shaffer went the distance for his third win, recording 11 strikeouts.
Austin Knear had a double for the winners.
‘Shaffer pitched well, and we made the plays behind him, were able to get hits with runners in scoring position,’ McKnight said.
It took just five innings to take care of Madison Shawe. The Rebels marched their way to a 13-3 victory, taking advantage of eight Shawe walks.
Cory Ray earned the win, striking out six. Knear had another double for South Central.
‘We were able to jump on them early,’ McKnight said. ‘Austin Knear was on base four times. We took advantage of eight walks and scored runners when we had a chance.’
South Central’s record sits at 10-1 and hosts Floyd Central Friday, and Borden Saturday.

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