Rebel rampage

Published 10:22 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Heading into its game against 2A Area 5 rival Zion Chapel, the Goshen Eagles were looking for some passivity to build off of.

However, by the end of the ball game, all of the passivity was across the field in the opposing team’s dugout.

The Eagles were shot down by the Rebels, 15-1 in five innings, thanks to strong pitching and the Zion Chapel’s ability to drive runners home.

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“(We had) too many errors,” Goshen head coach Ryan Ellison said. “We just gave them too many opportunities to score runs.”

“I thought we did have strong pitching and I thought we did have a few good at bats here and there,” the coach added.

The loss keeps GHS winless on the season, at 0-9 .

Garrett Stinson took the mound for the Rebels and was nothing short of dominant.

Stinson pitched four innings, giving up two hits and striking out 10 Eagles.

The one run GHS scored came off of a Zion Chapel error in the top of the fourth inning.

“We were able to see their best pitcher,” Ellison said. “We saw the kind of things that we can do, so that is something that we can work for.

“We had too many strikeouts and when that happens, it doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the defense,” the coach continued.

The win improved the Rebels, who are currently ranked No. 10 in the ASWA Class 2A baseball poll, to 11-3.

“The fact that we were able to come back after a loss to Ariton (on Monday night) and get a win like this is very positive,” Rebels’ head coach Lucas Davis said following the win.

“(An area win like this) is the next step towards the playoffs.”

The only Goshen hits came back-to-back when Robert Boutwell and Antarrius Townsend each singled to center field.

The Rebels were able to jump on the Eagles early, thanks to Will Bedsole, Lance Waldon and Wesley Black, who went a combined 7-11 and driving in seven runs.

Black’s three-run home run in the bottom of the third advanced the Rebels’ lead to 12-0.

Camden Kelley also added three RBIs to the mix, thanks to his bases loaded clearing double in the bottom of the fourth for the final Rebel runs.

The Eagles will play at home on Thursday afternoon against another 2A rival in Highland home while Zion Chapel will play host to New Brockton on Thursday as well.