PROSPERITY — On a cold, windy March 24 night, the Rebels’ bats stayed warm serving up 12 hits and 14 runs as Mid-Carolina High School defeated Abbeville 14-2 in five innings.
Abbeville scored one run in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead but the Rebels answered in the top of the second. Mack Flemon led off with a triple to left center field and Shawn Sexton’s ground out scored Flemon.
Ty Glymph singled and Danton Hyman hit into a fielder’s choice sending Glymph to the dugout and placing Hyman on first.
Hyman stole second. In an attempt to get Hyman out at second, the catcher threw the ball into the outfield allowing Hyman to score from second.
The Rebels added four more runs in the top of the third. Justin Hawkins led off with a triple to center field and Ryan Stoudemire went to second on an outfield error and scored Hawkins. Josh Haney moved Stoudemire to third on a ground out. Flemon singled scoring Stoudemire. Sexton was hit by a pitch and Glymph was safe at first on an error that scored Flemon. Sexton stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Hawkins started the top of the fourth with a fly ball to center field that was dropped, placing Hawkins on second. Stoudemire singled moving Hawkins to third. Haney scored Hawkins and moved Stoudemire to third.
Duncan Crotwell’s fielder’s choice scored Stoudemire. Flemon’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Stoudemire and moved pinch runner, Chris Edwards, to second. Sexton hit a triple scoring Edwards.
Abbeville added its second run the bottom of the fourth.
Mid-Carolina batted around the top of the fifth adding five runs on three singles, a double and two walks.
Danton Hyman was the winning pitcher.
Leading hitters were Danton Hyman with a single; Cole Shealy with a double; Justin Hawkins with a single and triple; Ryan Stoudemire with a single; Haney with a single; Flemon was a homer short of the cycle; Sexton singled and tripled; and Glymph singled.
MC vs. Whitmire
On March 27, the Whitmire Community School Wolverines and Mid-Carolina Rebels squared off on the baseball diamond at Lindy Richardson Field in Prosperity.
Mid Carolina lefty, Brock Bryant, was on the mound for the Rebels. He got off to a shaky start, walking the first two Wolverine batters. A Wolverine single loaded the bases.
Three runs scored. The WCS cleanup hitter drove in one with a sacrifice fly. A double to left field drove in two more runners, and WCS lead 3-0.
The Rebels answered by scoring two runs the bottom of the first. Chris Edwards and Justin Hawkins set the table when each player walked.
MCHS Head Coach Daniel Gregory then was aggressive and called for a double steal, which was executed to perfection, putting runners in scoring position.
With a piece of clutch hitting, Ryan Stoudemire singled to left field to drive in Edwards and Hawkins.
Jared Joiner singled moving Stoudemire to second but the Rebel rally was quelled as the side was retired with two base runners stranded.
MCHS put up another three-spot in the second.
Bryant helped himself by leading off with a double. Shawn Sexton singled to drive Bryant in. Danton Hyman reached first on a bunt-single and Edwards drove in Sexton on a ground out. Hawkins scored Hyman on a single. Mack Flemon reached first on an error which scored Edwards.
Mid Carolina added three runs the bottom of the third, two runs in the fourth, and three runs in the fifth ending. At that point the mercy rule kicked in and the game was called at 13-3.
Leading hitters for MCHS were Danton Hyman with a single; Chris Edwards with a double; Justin Hawkins with two singles; Ryan Stoudemire with a double and single; Jarod Joiner with a single and double; Rhett Frazier with a single; Brock Bryant with a single and double and Shawn Sexton with two singles.
The Rebels rode the momentum of these two wins as they carried their Number 2 ranking in AA up the road to Newberry High School Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs and pitcher Ryne Huggins.