|Rebs fight to season’s bitter end |
Obion Central went down in the District 13AA Baseball Tournament — but not without a fight.
Obion Central’s K.C. Covington tags second base for a force-out with teammate Adam Alexander (5) trailing him during the Rebels’ triumph over Westview Sunday.
The Rebels beat Westview 5-3 Sunday in the loser’s bracket to prolong their season by a game, but ultimately were eliminated by Crockett County, 3-1, later in the afternoon.
In the victory against the Chargers, OC — whose season ended with a mark of 10-21 — jumped out to a 5-0 lead before starting pitcher Brady Boucher held off a late charge by the Weakley Countians.
Against the Cavaliers (13-13), though, starting Rebel pitcher Zach Cloar was chased from the game after just two-thirds of an inning, having allowed three runs on two walks and a trio of hits.
Sophomore Patrick Haskins came on in relief and was magnificent in giving his team a chance to rally with just one hit allowed and four strikeouts over 51/3 innings of work.
However, Crockett County hurler Austin Taylor had a tad bit more success than the combination of Cloar and Haskins. Over the course of his complete game effort, Taylor earned the mound win while allowing just five Rebel base runners (two hits, two errors and one walk).
“Their pitcher did an outstanding job of keeping us off balance this afternoon,” Central baseball coach Russ Davis conceded after the season-ending defeat. “I thought Patrick Haskins did a great job, in relief, but the difference for this game was obviously the three runs they plated in the first inning.”
A pair of those runs came across on a play that could have been the third out of the first.
With two on and a pair out, Crockett County senior Jake Whitby lifted a fly ball into shallow centerfield with Central’s Garrett Osborne coming up oh-so-short in an attempt to make a diving catch.
Instead, the ball bounced further into centerfield, allowing a pair of CC runs to score.
“I don’t fault Garrett for making that attempt,” Davis said after the game. “We’ve been telling these guys to play hard and go for every ball they think they can catch and that’s what he did.
“If anything, I’m proud of his effort in nearly making that play.”
In the Rebels’ loss Sunday, K.C. Covington and Brandon King each had a hit with the former scoring the only run for the county locals.
The game was the final in an OC baseball uniform for Cloar, Andrew Heuck, Caleb Joost and Garrett Montgomery.
“I told those four guys after the game that I hope we can look back and see this season and their contributions as the turnaround point for the program,” Davis said.
Central 5, Westview 3
In Sunday’s first game, the Rebels orchestrated five runs before Westview crossed the plate once to earn the victory.
Catcher Brandon King set the pace for Obion Central with a leadoff home run in the top of the second.
Later in the second, Chase Wallace drew a one-out walk with Adam Alexander singling to put a pair on.
Osborne then singled to rightfield with an error in the outfield allowing Wallace to score.
Meanwhile, Osborne and Alexander moved up to second and third base, respectively, thanks to the miscue.
After a walk to Heuck jammed the bases, a wild pitch during Joost’s at-bat gave Alexander time to score.
Overall, during the victory, King led the Rebels with a 3-for-4 outing with Alexander 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Covington, Heuck, Joost, Wallace and Osborne each reached once during the Central triumph.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.