PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina High School Rebel bats found new life April 9 at Lindy Richardson Field as Mid-Carolina peppered the field with hits and five homeruns in the Rebels’ five innings of play.
Southpaw Danton Hyman held the Panthers to one run on just four hits. Hyman struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the 13-1 victory over the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers.
Mid-Carolina started its attack in the bottom of the first, scoring seven runs.
Hyman led off with a walk, Cole Shealy singled, and Justin Hawkins walked to load the bases for Ryan Stoudemire who blasted a grand slam over the left centerfield fence.
The big inning continued as Shawn Sexton and Duncan Crotwell singled and Chris Edwards drove the ball over the centerfield fence for the second home run of the inning. After 10 batters, MC had scored seven runs.
A second inning Panther pitching change did little to slow the Rebels. Hawkins was issued his second walk of the night bringing Stoudemire to the plate. With a 1-2 count, he hit a shot over the fence in centerfield for his second home run of the night. Josh Haney followed with the second home run of inning, crushing a ball over the leftfield fence.
Mid-Carolina was held to one run in the third inning.
With alert base running, Edwards reached second on a dropped third strike and then scored on a Hyman double.
The fourth inning Sexton singled and Mack Flemon drove the ball over the left centerfield fence for another Rebel home run as MCHS routed the Panthers and the mercy rule went into effect at 13-1.
MC vs. Airport
On April 10, AAA Airport High School landed at Lindy Richardson Field to take on the MCHS Rebels. The marathon game, which lasted over three hours, finished with Airport on top 12-10.
The Rebels sent three righties to the mound. Josh Haney started and was relived after two innings by Ryan Stoudemire. Justin Hawkins took over the middle of the fifth inning and finished out the game.
Airport scored three runs in the first to take the lead and held that lead until the bottom of the fourth.
After scoring six runs in the first three innings, the Rebels scored two runs in the fourth taking the lead for the first time 8-6.
Airport bats came through in the fifth, as the team scored five runs. They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh.
The Rebels kept pressure on by adding one run in the fifth and sixth, but MCHS came up short by two.
The Rebels finished the game with 15 hits to Airport’s 12. Top hitters for the Rebels were: Danton Hyman 3-4; Shawn Sexton 3-5; Justin Hawkins 2-4; Brock Bryant 2-4; and Ryan Stoudemire 1-2.
The Rebels, currently 7-1 in AA Region 1, complete region play at home this week.
The Rebels face in-county rival Newberry High School on April 15, and Abbeville comes to town April 18 for senior night at Lindy Richardson stadium.