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Rebs put up fight until end

Rebs put up fight until end
Rebs put up fight until end

Ethan Davis rounds third and heads for home during Friday’s win.
The Obion Central baseball team did not go down without a fight.
Hopefully, the Lady Rebel softball squad still has a little fight left in them.
OC’s 2010 baseball season came to an official close over the weekend when the county locals dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 decision in eight innings to Ripley on Saturday in the District 13AA Tournament at USA Stadium in Millington.
Central had bought itself an extra day in the event on Friday with a 5-2 victory over Gibson County in a loser’s bracket elimination game at Dyersburg.
The Rebels ended the season at 18-24.
The Obion Central softball team, meanwhile, finds its back against the wall after falling 8-7 to Crockett County Saturday at Brownsville.
The Lady Rebels (22-12-1) put themselves in a do-or-die situation for at least three games — beginning tonight with a 7 o’clock matchup vs. Milan.
BASEBALL
Saturday
Ripley 7, Central 6 (8)
The Rebels were one strike from living to battle another round in the event before Ripley’s Jacoby Harris launched a two-run homer off Trey Phipps in the bottom of the seventh to forge a 6-all tie and send the game into extra innings.
The Tigers won it in the eighth when Lane Miller hit a bases-loaded, one-out single to bring down the curtail on OC’s campaign.
Central had led 5-0 in the third after a run-scoring triple by Dustin Smyth in the first and RBI hits by Patrick Haskins and Brady York in the third. Haskins’ single had plated by Smith and Ethan Davis.
The Rebs got their other run in the sixth on a RBI hit by Colton Woodward.
Haskins, Woodward and Blake Walton all had two safeties apiece in Obion Central’s 10-hit attack.
Phipps (5-5), the last of three OC pitchers, was charged with the loss after following Davis and Woodward to the mound.
The contest was the last in an OCCHS uniform for seniors Davis and Haskins.
Davis led the team in batting (.443) and home runs (six), while Haskins was the team’s top RBI man on the season (42) and hit . 374 — second to Davis.
Friday
Central 5, Gibson Co. 2
Smyth (5-4) turned in a stellar effort, allowing just one earned run and five hits in going the distance as OC avenged two regular season losses to the Pioneers and temporarily remained alive in tourney play.
The Rebels scored two times in their first at-bat on RBI hits by Davis and Phipps.
Smyth helped himself with a suicide squeeze in the fifth that allowed Woodward to race home. Davis then followed with a mammoth two-run homer to dead-centerfield, a shot that also scored Walton, who had two hits and two runs in the contest.
SOFTBALL
Saturday
Crockett Co. 8, Central 7
The Lady Rebels, the regular season champions of the North Division of District 13AA, made things hard on themselves by losing to CC — the two-seed from the South.
Central now must win three straight games to advance to regional tournament play.
OC fell behind in its first at-bat and never recovered vs. the Cavalier girls.
The deficit was 6-1 heading into the bottom of the third and 8-3 before Obion Central closed to within the final count with four runs in the last of the fifth.
Meaghan Strayhorn and Kayla Bramlett both cracked home runs as part of the Lady Rebs’ 10-hit attack. Strayhorn, Brooke Ferrell and Liesel Grossner had two hits apiece for the county locals, with Ferrell’s effort including a double.
Olivia Grady also doubled for Central.
Maddie Bell was the losing pitcher.

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