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Rebels Open Season With Split vs St. Louis Patriots

The Park Hills Central Rebels drop their first game of the season against the St. Louis Patriots, but steal the second game of the double-header with a comeback victory.

The Park Hills Central Rebels kicked off the 2022 season with a double-header last Saturday, taking on the St. Louis Patriots in back-to-back games. They stumbled in the matinee, falling 7-2, but rebounded in the follow-up contest with a clutch 5-4 victory. The talented Rebels now sit at 1-1 on the season and are hungry for more.

The first game of the double-header was a scoreless affair, and quite the nail-biter through the first 3 1/2 innings, but the Patriots broke through in the fourth with five runs to put a damper on Central’s season opener. The Rebels responded with a run in the top of the fifth on a line-drive RBI-single from Slade Schweiss, but the Patriots came back with two more in the sixth. Another RBI single from Schweiss cut the lead to 7-2 in the final frame, but that was all the Rebs could muster.

Schweiss was responsible for driving in both runs with his 2-for-4 performance, while Casen Murphy was the only other player with multiple hits (2-for-4). Dylan Holifield went 1-for-3 with a double and registered the only extra-base hit for Park Hills.

On the bump, Murphy had a strong start, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks over 3.1 innings and fanned seven. Kendall Horton came in in relief and was roughed up a bit, surrendering five runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks, but was victimized by some poor defense. Lucas Whitehead finished off the final inning with a clean sheet that featured one hit, zero walks and a strikeout.

Certainly not how the Rebels wanted to start the season, but they were out for revenge in the second game of the double-header… and they got it in dramatic fashion. Although, it didn’t seem that way at the start, as the Patriots plated three runs in the first inning before tacking on another in the third to take a 4-0 lead. But the never-say-die offense for Central converted on cue, as they chipped away at the lead with a run in the fifth on a sac fly from Brendon Jenkins. Cue sixth inning drama…

The inning began with a hit batter and then three consecutive singles (the final one with the bases loaded) to knot the score at four, while the Rebels still had a runner in scoring position with nobody out. A pop out and then another hit by pitch set up Jenkins for another chance to shine. He delivered with a clutch one-out line drive to right that drove in the winning run. The Rebels stormed back and took the game 5-4 after slamming the door in the seventh.

They outhit the Patriots 10-6 and three players had multiple hits, led by Murphy, who went 3-for-4. Jett Bridges and Sammy Callaway went 2-for-4 and 2-for-3, respectively, while Jenkins and Michael Vance each delivered with a pair of RBI.

Jenkins got the start in this one, but was chased after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a pair of walks over 2.1 innings. He fanned four in his effort, but was outshined by Nathan Hamski, who collected the win in relief after going 4.2 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and two walks against three strikeouts.

It was a dramatic come-from-behind effort like you read about, and it boosted the Rebs into the win column for the first time this season. They now sit at 1-1 and will look to get back on the diamond this weekend after having a pair of weekday games cancelled due to inclement weather this week. The goal is to get back to business on Friday 3/25 against Fox.

Rebels Open Season With Split vs St. Louis Patriots
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