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Lady Rebels rule North

Lady Rebels rule North
Lady Rebels rule North

Obion Central’s Brady York retrieves the baseball during the Rebels’ defeat on Thursday.
The Obion Central girls may be Lady Rebels, but for now, they are the champions of the “North.”
OC downed Dyersburg 6-4 on Thursday to claim the District 13AA North Division regular-season championship.
The Lady Rebels finished 5-3 in league play and in a three-way tie with Westview and D’burg record-wise.
However, Central (19-11-1) gained the title because of its 3-1 worksheet against the two teams it was tied with in the standings.
The Lady Rebels are now just one victory away from the coveted 20-win plateau, a mark the program has reached just once — in 1996 when the team finished fifth in the state.
The OC softballers have an opportunity to gain that win this afternoon at McKenzie and another — if they are unsuccessful this afternoon — on Tuesday at home against Fulton County.
In other action Thursday, the third out proved to be a difficult one for the Central baseball team to get early during Thursday’s 10-4 loss to Ripley.
The Tigers rallied for one run in the first inning and two in the second after the Rebels had recorded the first two outs with ease to build an early 3-0 cushion.
The Union City baseball team also defeated Hickman County 14-3 in a makeup game that was The Messenger was not made aware of.
Today’s prep slate has (weather permitting) Hickman County at Union City, OC at Haywood and Gleason at South Fulton.
Other softball action scheduled for this afternoon has Central at McKenzie and SF at Halls.
OC 6, Dyersburg 4
The Lady Rebels overcame an early 3-0 deficit with four runs in the third and a pair in the sixth on Thursday afternoon.
Meaghen Strayhorn got the mound victory, striking out four in her five innings of work.
OC’s Macy Allison came on in the sixth, slamming the door shut for the save.
Brooke Ferrell was 2-for-4 for the Lady Rebels with a triple, while Liesel Grossner finished 2-for-3 with a double.
Otherwise, Liesel Grossner, Olivia Grady, Maddie Bell, Kayla Bramlett, Leann Staser and Strayhorn all had one hit.
Obion Central is now set to play host Haywood next Thursday at 5:30 in the first round of the District 13AA Tournament.
Ripley 10, OC 4
Ripley struck for four runs in the first three frames with one tally in both the first and third innings and a pair in the second to hold a 4-0 lead that lasted until the home half of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Central (14-22) scored twice.
However, Ripley tacked on another in the sixth and five more in the seventh to procure the triumph.
Meanwhile, the Rebels got two more runs in the home half of the fifth inning.
Dustin Smyth, one of just two OC hitters with extra-base hits, doubled and drove in three.
Colton Woodward smacked a double and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Rebels (14-22).
Otherwise, Brady York scored twice, while Nathan Ashley accounted for one run.
Trey Phipps was the losing pitcher, tossing five innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk.
UC 14, Hickman Co. 3
Clay Treece struck out eight and allowed just three hits en route to earning the complete-game mound victory.
Offensively, Drake Parker was 4-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two singles and three RBI. Parker also scored three times.
Cameron Powers finished 2-for-5 with a double, two ribbies and one run. Senior Zack Cavness had a 3-for-5 afternoon — a home run, two RBI and three runs included.
Rance Barnes also had two hits for the Twisters (14-13), while Will Arnold doubled and scored.
Alex O’Neill scored twice and had a pair of safeties, while Tyler Steward doubled.

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