CHAPIN — MCHS battled with the AAA Chapin Eagles on April 23 but some late inning magic led to a walk-off home run and an Eagles victory in the bottom of the seventh. Danton Hyman took the mound for the Rebels and was relieved in the fifth by Justin Hawkins.
MCHS took the lead the top of the second. Shawn Sexton hit a solo homer. Mack Flemon walked and singles by Duncan Crotwell, Danton Hyman and Cole Shealy drove in four runs. The Rebels added two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Chapin chipped away at the big lead, though. The Eagles scored two runs in the third and fourth innings. Trailing 8-4 in the fifth inning, Chapin added three runs to cut the lead to MCHS 8-7.
Coach Daniel Gregory moved Justin Hawkins from shortstop to pitcher in the fifth but he was unable to hold the lead he inherited from Hyman.
Chapin won in the bottom of the seventh with a walk off, two run homerun. Final score was Chapin 9- MC 8.
MC leading batters were Danton Hyman (2-4 with a single and double), Cole Shealy (2-4), Shawn Sexton (2-4 with a single and home run); and Duncan Crotwell (2-3).
The Rebels looked to get into the win column the next day, April 24, in a match-up with AAA Airport.
MCHS sophomore righty, Ryan Stoudemire, pitched a complete game against the Eagles striking out 5, giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs.
The Rebels scored first with 2 runs in the top of the third. Chris Edwards lead off with a single and Danton Hyman doubled. Edwards scored on a stolen base and Hyman scored on a passed ball.
But the Rebels mustered little else as MCHS was held scoreless the rest of the game and only managed six hits on the evening.
Airport scored three runs in the fourth and sixth inning to pull out a 6-2 victory. Leading Rebel hitters were Hyman (3-4 with a double), Mack Flemon (1-3), and Josh Haney (1-2).
On the heels of two losses, MCHS hit the road again on April 25, this time to face the Chapman Panthers.
Brock Bryant started on the mound for the Rebels but he ran into trouble early as the Panthers took control in the first inning scoring seven runs on four hits, two hit batters and an error.
Mid-Carolina tried to bounce back in the second, scoring two runs. Mack Flemon singled up the middle and Justin Hawkins went yard over left center to score two runs for the Rebels. Josh Haney and Duncan Crotwell singled but were left stranded on base.
Clay McConnell came in for Bryant in the second inning.
The Panthers roared as they defeated the Rebels 12 to 2 and the game was called in six innings per the mercy rule.
Leading hitters for the Rebels were Mack Flemon (1-2), Justin Hawkins (1-1 with a home run), Josh Haney (1-1), Duncan Crotwell (1-1), Shawn Sexton (2-3), Da’Markus Robinson (1-1), and Cole Shealy (1-3).
The Mid-Carolina Rebels close out the regular season Monday when they travel to Whitmire to take on the Wolverines.
Playoffs will begin Thursday, May 1, in Prosperity when the Rebels take on the number four seed in Region 1 AA.