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Rebels looking to bolster region record with Friday trip to Sacred Heart
By RUSSELL TURNER – Dispatch Editor
The Richton Rebels took a few lumps on the diamond last weekend in non-region play, but three straight wins in region action has Coach Josh Palmer and his team feeling confident.
The Rebels are 8-11 overall and 5-2 in Region 1-8A after sweeping a double header at Salem last Thursday and taking a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart at home on Tuesday. They travel to Hattiesburg on Friday for game two of the series with the Crusaders.
“We are pretty locked into the No. 2 seed (for the playoffs) at this point and we are definitely No. 2 if we get a win Friday night. We have the possibility of winning the division with some help.”
“We took some lumps this weekend, but with the rain and playing five games in the week, I was pleased with how we played all together. We got to see some good pitching that helped us leading up to this week.”
The Rebels trailed Sacred Heart 1-2 on Tuesday, but a 4-run fifth inning put them over the top for the win. Freshman Owen Carter started things off by drawing a walk and was followed by back-to-back singles by seniors Garrett Brewer and Jacob Broome. Owens scored on a ground out to the pitcher and a walk by junior Avery Carter reloaded the bases. Junior Brannon Riley and senior Ty Richard both singled to drive in runs and senior Braden Meadows walked to push the lead to 5-2 for RHS.
That is all the support Broome would need on the mound as he retired the next six batters he faced and struck out the side in the top of the seventh to close out the win. Broome finished with 15 strikeouts. He allowed just three hits in seven full innings of work and didn’t allow a single earned run.
Offensively, each of the Rebels’ first seven hitters in the lineup recorded hits. Ty Richard led the way with two hits and a RBI.
“Broome throwing a 3-hit, 15-strikeout, complete game definitely didn’t hurt,” Palmer said. “We still haven’t swung it particularly great, but we have had some key hits in big situations by different guys.”
“We are focused on getting the win Friday night and trying to find a way to click on all cylinders as we get ready for the playoffs.”