PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina Rebels opened the regular season with a loss March 13 to Chapman. Chapman came out swinging and never let up scoring 11 runs on 14 hits.
Mid-Carolina scored three runs on 11 hits with its first score posted in the third inning. Danton Hyman doubled and moved to third on a Duncan Crotwell ground out. Justin Hawkins singled to score Hyman.
The next runs were posted in the bottom of the fifth. Corey Stone led off with a single, moved to second on a pass ball, advanced to third on a Hyman single and scored on a Crotwell ground out. Hawkins singled, scoring Hyman, and moved to second on an error. He advanced to third on a Ryan Stoudemire fielder’s choice and scored on a Josh Haney double.
“Some games are like this. Have to tip our hat to Chapman. Everything they did worked and we knew they were going to execute well. Chapman is well coached and plays the game the right way. Again, if you are around this game long enough, a good team will experience nights like tonight where you run into a good team that plays well. That’s what happened,” said Coach Daniel Gregory.
Hitters were Hawkins, 3-3; Hyman, 2-4; Haney, 2-4; Stone, 1-1; Glymph, 1-4; Shealy, 1-3; and Crotwell, 1-4.
Mid-Carolina vs. Ninety Six
On March 14, Ninety Six visited Mid-Carolina to open region play. This was a closely contested game and both teams were ready for action. Mid-Carolina came away with the win, 3-1.
The pitching duel was between Josh Haney (Mid-Carolina) and Jacob Childress (Ninety Six). Haney pitched seven innings, struck out 5, had no walks, gave up six hits and one unearned run scored. Childress pitched six innings, struck out eight, hit one batter, gave up six hits and one walk, and three earned runs scored.
Ninety Six scored their first and only run in the top of the second. The leadoff batter singled and moved to second on a throwing error. He advanced to third on a single and scored on an attempted pickoff.
The Rebels tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Hawkins walked. Ryan Stoudemire hit a shot down third base line scoring Hawkins and advancing to second.
The go ahead run came in the bottom of the fifth. Ty Glymph singled, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a pass ball and scored on a Hyman double to deep center field.
The third and final run was added in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hawkins lead off with a solo homerun over the center field fence. Hitters were Hyman, 1-3; Shealy, 1-3; Hawkins, 1-1; Stoudemire, 2-3; Glymph, 1-3.
“This game is what high school baseball is all about. We had pitching, defensive, and offensive highlights that all spelled the difference in the game. Josh Haney battled his behind off and we were able to score enough for him and make plays to support his great outing. It’s good to get the first one in the region, especially against such a quality opponent. We’ll go back to work and try our best to add more next week,” Gregory said.
Mid-Carolina continued region play hosting Saluda on March 20 and traveling to Batesburg Leesville on March 21. They host Chapin on March 19 in a non-conference rivalry game.