Rebels Take 4 Wins, 2 Losses in Busy Week

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Article courtesy of Patrick Tate.

The Central Private Rebels completed a very busy week of baseball in which they played 6 games on 4 days.  They picked up 4 wins during the week, including a district three game sweep of the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams.  The Rebels traveled to Mississippi three times during the week including twice to McComb to participate in the Parklane Academy Invitational.
The Rebels got the week started on Monday with a double header at Parklane.  Steven O'Bryant picked up his first win of the season and Stephen Tate got his first save as CP beat Presbyterian 15-5.  Ryan Young got the scoring started after drawing a lead off walk in the bottom of the first inning and crossing the plate on an O'Bryant rbi single.  Presbyterian took the lead in the third inning powered by a home run off of the bat of Austin Pardon and base hits by Chase Chandler and Blake Sullivan to score four runs.  The Rebels picked up three in the bottom of the inning after base hits by Young and Seth Stevens.  A home run by PA shortstop Mark Worthy in the fourth put them ahead but that would be the end of the scoring for Presbyterian.  The Rebels took the lead with a six run sixth inning.  Stevens, Jason Young, Stephen Smith, Kerry Burns, Seth Smith, and Ryan Young were able to cross the plate.  The ten run rule was invoked after the Rebels pushed five runs across in the sixth.

Central Private vs Parklane Academy
The Rebels were not as fortunate in the second game of the night as they fell to the Pioneers of Parklane.  After falling behind early, CP was able to battle for the remainder of the night but unable to overcome an early 5-1 lead after the second inning.  Alex Price picked up the win for the Pios while Seth Stevens suffered his first loss ot the season.  Jason Young hit the Rebels' first home run of the season and his brother Ryan also had three hits.  Seth Smith also had two hits for the Rebels.

Central Private vs WCCA
The Central Private Rebels were able to score early hold off a Ram rally then put the game away late to up their district record with a 16-3 win over Wilkinson County Christian.  Jason Young was able to pick up the win for the Rebels.  Seth Stevens led the offensive onslaught going 3-5 with a double, a triple and 3 rbi.  Ryan and Jason Young were able to score twice as was Steven O'Bryant.  Stephen Tate pitched in with a double and a run.

Central Private vs Oak Forest
Wednesday night saw the Rebels return to McComb and a battle with Oak Forest.  The Rebels were unable to make a four fun first inning last and they fell to the Buccaneers 8-5.  Ryan Young got things started immediately for the Rebels with a lead off double in the first followed by singles by Steven O'Bryant, Jason Young and Hunter Fontleroy the Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead.  Tyler Brown cruised through the first two innings until running into trouble in the third giving up three runs without allowing a base hit. OFA would add three more in the fourth following a double by Blake Carter to take a 6-4 lead.  O'Bryant added a run for CP in the bottom of the inning.  Oak Forest then finished the scoring in the sixth with two runs to make the final 8-5.

A return to district action for the Rebels on Friday was accented by outstanding pitching performances by Central Private left handers. Stephen Tate picked up his fifth victory on the year, pitching a complete game without allowing an earned run.  He had six strike outs for the evening with only one ball batted out of the infield.  The 10-1 victory was highlighted offensively by a four fun third inning that began with Tate drawing a lead off walk followed by singles by Seth Smith, Ryan Young, Steven O'Bryant, and Jason Young.  Brennan Fucich and O'Bryant scored in the 5th to give CP a 6-1 lead before the Rebels added 4 in the sixth for the final margin.  Kerry Burns also added 2 hits to the Rebel attack.
Game 2
Freshman Adam Stafford threw 3 2/3 innings of no hit ball in the night cap and struck out 5 as the Rebels  swept the double header with a 5-3 victory.  It was Stafford's first victory of his high school career.  Sutton Olive gave the Rams an early lead with a two run home run over the center field wall in the bottom of the first.  They would add a run in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead before the Rebels mounted a comeback.  CP picked up an unearned run in the third when Ryan Young scored after reaching on a WCCA error.  The Rebels then crossed the plate thrice more in the fourth.  Doubles by Jason Young and Kerry Burns and an rbi single by Joey Harris plated the runs for CP.  Harris would score again in the 6th after opening the inning with a single.  He was chased home by a Brennan Fucich double. The win makes the Rebels 5-1 in district play with a big three game series next week against arch rival Silliman Institute.

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