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Rebels fend off late Westview charge

Rebels fend off late Westview charge
Fortunately for Obion Central, lightning didn’t strike twice against Westview.

The Rebels, victims of a Westview rally the day before in a tough loss, held off a similar comeback Friday and beat the Chargers 6-5 at Troy.

In other games involving local teams from the weekend, South Fulton continued its mastery over Kentucky foes with a 12-4 triumph over Carlisle County, while Union City was nipped by a late Gibson County comeback, 4-3.

Today’s schedule — weather permitting — is highlighted by Union City’s trip to Obion Central. The Rebels won an earlier meeting of the two Obion County rivals and will host a jayvee game at 4 and a varsity contest at 6.

South Fulton, meanwhile, closes out its regular season at Bradford.

Postseason tournament play for both teams begins this week with play-in games slated in both District 14A and 13AA for Wednesday.

SF will play at Lake County with the winner to advance to the double-elimination portion of the event on Thursday against Union City. Elam Stadium will host the tournament.

The double-elimination part of the District 13AA tourney will be hosted by Milan and will begin on Thursday. Obion Central’s fate will not be decided until Tuesday.

The following is a recap of the weekend action as reported to The Messenger.

Central 6, Westview 5

Central (13-16, 3-9 in District 13AA play) built a 6-0 lead through five innings, scoring once in the second, third and fifth and three times in the fourth.

Westview came back with one in the sixth and scored four times in the seventh before its rally ended.

OC cleanup hitter Ethan Davis had three runs batted in and a double, while winning pitcher Brady Boucher scored twice during a 3-for-3 outing.

Otherwise, Brandon King drove in one run, as did Joey Sine and Blake Walton.

On the mound, Boucher (3-4) went the distance, striking out eight and allowing eight hits.

So. Fulton 12, Carlisle Co. 4

Chalk up another victory against a Kentucky opponent for SF.

The Red Devils (9-17) walloped the Comets, thanks in large part to Jonathan Clouse.

Clouse, who was a perfect 4-for-4, smashed a home run, drove in a pair and scored twice on Friday.

Otherwise, winning pitcher Kyle Clouse was 2-for-5 with a two-run double and three runs scored.

First baseman Sam Curtis also had a big day at the plate, driving in three runs, while Jared Johnston and Kendall Greer each chased one across the pay station.

Corbin Hawks scored twice.

On the mound, Kyle Clouse (2-1) struck out three and allowed six hits and three walks. Caleb Turner tossed two innings in relief, allowing just a hit and a walk with three punchouts.

South Fulton’s twinbill at Bradford today is slated to begin at 4:30.

Gibson Co. 4, Union City 3

As has been the trend seemingly all spring, the Tornadoes (13-14) led for much of the game before opening the door for their opponents to rally with errors.

GC scored both the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to three UC errors, a single and a sacrifice bunt.

It marked the second time in as many meetings this season the Pioneers had rallied in their final at-bat to beat the locals.

Gibson County scored nine runs in the seventh to win over Union City 9-1 in the first week of the season.

Jacob Worley went 2-for-3 with a RBI to pace the Twisters offensively.

Colton Speed scored two runs, and B.J. Marshall doubled, scored a run and drove in one for UC.

Union City outhit Gibson County 5-3.

Speed was the hard-luck pitching loser after relieving Camron Sherwood to start the sixth inning.

Sherwood gave up just two hits, one earned run and fanned six.