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Here’s the story … OC Brady Bunch keeps Rebs on air

Here’s the story … OC Brady Bunch keeps Rebs on air
Here’s the story ... OC Brady Bunch keeps Rebs on air

Obion Central’s Brady York follows through during the Rebels’ victory in the District 13AA Tournament on Tuesday.
Though Peter, Bobby, Greg and Alice weren’t anywhere to be seen, the “Brady Bunch” was responsible for much of Obion Central’s success in Tuesday’s District 13AA Tournament loser’s bracket games.
Senior Brady Boucher pitched a complete game and lifted a three-run home run out of the park to key the Rebels’ 4-2 triumph against Milan in the first game of the afternoon.
Then, sophomore hurler Brady York kept the Rebels’ postseason hopes alive, allowing just seven hits and going the distance in the county locals’ 4-1 victory over Gibson County.
York was especially impressive in the third inning of the aforementioned triumph, retiring the side on three pitches.
“I’m very pleased with our pitching today,” OC skipper Russ Davis said afterward. “Brady Boucher has done a great job as our No. 1 guy all year and Brady York has really come along and claimed the No. 2 slot in our rotation.
“This time of year, you expect performances like we got today and I’m pleased with it. I can’t say we’re satisfied with what we’ve accomplished just yet, because we want to play on, but we’re pleased with today’s outcome.”
With the wins, Obion Central improves to 16-17 on the season. The county locals now face Westview today at 5 in Newbern — the tournament moved from Milan thanks to the wave of early morning thunderstorms that made the Bulldogs’ Field unplayable — in another loser’s bracket game.
The winner of that contest will face Dyersburg immediately following. The victorious team in today’s second game will earn a berth in the District 13AA championship round against Dyer County.
In Tuesday’s victory against the host Bulldogs, Central struck for all four of its runs in the top of the third.
No. 9 hitter Blake Walton began the inning with an infield single and leadoff man K.C. Covington followed up with a base hit to right field.
With two on and one out after a Dustin Smyth strikeout, Boucher slammed his homer over the wall to put the Rebels ahead 3-0.
After Boucher’s home run celebration died down, first baseman Ethan Davis drew a walk and later scored on a Chase Wallace single.
Otherwise in the first game, catcher Brandon King (2-for-4) was the only Obion Central player with multiple hits.
Meanwhile, Joey Sine and Adam Alexander each had one safety.
Alexander’s hit was a double — the Rebels’ only other extra-base hit.
On the mound, Boucher (4-4) struck out six and surrendered just seven hits.
Craig Fields was the losing pitcher for the Bulldogs.
In the second game, OC built its lead during the first two innings and coasted to the victory.
The Rebels put a pair on the board in both the first and second, while the Pioneers got their lone tally in the top of the fifth.
In the first, Covington was hit by a pitch and Smyth coaxed a walk to put a pair on and no one out. After the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Boucher popped up a sacrifice fly to plate Covington.
Then, Smyth came across when Davis, the cleanup hitter, singled.
The second inning saw Sine lead off with a single and Alexander followed suit with a safety of his own. The two baserunners advanced to second and third on a passed ball and Covington brought the duo across the pay station with a two-run single.
On the hill, York struck out seven to improve to 3-2 on the campaign.
Defensively, Obion Central, which has been plagued by errors at several junctures this season, committed just three miscues over the course of Tuesday’s two outings. Furthermore, the Rebels turned a textbook 4-6-3 (Covington to Alexander to Smith) double play to end the second game.
“I thought we did a great job in the field today,” Davis said. “I’ve told the kids that we’re going to make mistakes. That’s inevitable. However, we have to minimize the damage when we do have an error and we did that today.”
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.