Obion Central players and fans were all smiles and breathed a collective sigh after snapping a 15-game losing streak Friday with a 4-1 baseball victory over Westview at Troy.
Mitch Arnett spun a four-hitter and the Rebels played nearly flawlessly in the field with just one error to win for the first time since a season-opening triumph over Gleason.
First-year head coach Joe Graves was diplomatic afterward and referenced Tuesday’s heartbreaking loss vs. Trenton when OC was just one strike from breaking through before seeing its long skid continue.
“It was almost anti-climactic after Tuesday, because we knew it was coming and we were so close,” he said. “After being so intense at the end of Tuesday’s game, I thought the guys were very relaxed and totally confident that we were going to win.
“Obviously the big thing was that we fielded the ball, we threw the ball and we caught the ball. Mitch (Arnett) threw strikes and we were fundamentally sound in all areas. I knew when we played like that, we’d have a great shot at winning.”
In other weekend diamond action involving local teams, South Fulton thumped Carlisle County 10-2 in baseball.
Obion Central went 2-1 in the Waverly Diamond Classic at Dickson, beating Watertown and Cheatham County before losing to Dyersburg.
A full slate is on tap for today with Union City at Halls, Obion Central visiting Dyersburg and Bradford playing at SF in baseball, while Ripley comes to Central and SF hosts Westview in softball.
Union City will celebrate Senior Night Tuesday night in baseball.
The following is a weekend roundup:
OC 4, Westview 1
Arnett was a leader both on the mound and at the plate for the Rebels.
He struck out two and walked just two to pick up the pitching win and had a pair of doubles at the dish.
Colton Carr went 2-for-4, while both Blake Berner and John Foster had hits and RBIs to contribute to the victory.
Foster made a nice defensive stab in the sixth when Westview scored its only run to prevent further Charger damage.
Central scored one in the first and second and two more in the fifth.
Westview fell to 7-13.
SF 10, Carlisle Co. 2
Already up 3-0, the Red Devils exploded for six runs in the fourth vs. CC to improve to 9-12.
Kody Davidson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI for SF, while Ryan Prince reached base four times via two hits, an error and a walk.
Prince scored three times and drove in two runs.
Austin Hazlewood drove in three runs with a triple and a sacrifice fly.
Hazlewood was also the winning pitcher, bettering his mark to 5-3 by fanning 12 and giving up just one earned run and three hits.
Today’s battle of Red Devils vs. Bradford begins at 5 p.m.
OC 6, Watertown 0
A four-run first inning got the Lady Rebels off to a good start in the event.
Madison Ellis, Rachel Jones and Alex Wilson all belted solo home runs, while Carly Whipple went 2-for-2 and Emily Pickard drove in two runs to pace OC offensively.
Winning pitcher Baylie Boucher allowed just one hit and struck out five.
OC 10, Cheatham Co. 3
Tied at 2 after three, Central erupted for eight runs in the fourth to win for the second time in the tourney.
Ashlyn Runions homered, while Ellis and Megen Gargus had two hits apiece with Gargus driving in three runs.
Runions had two RBIs, while Alex Wilson doubled.
Paige Russell got credit for the pitching win.
Dyersburg 3, OC 0
The Lady Rebels were blanked for the second time in the week by D’burg — no hit this time.
Boucher was the losing hurler.
Obion Central will carry a 12-11-2 record into this week’s schedule.
Published in The Messenger 4.22.13