Rebels tame Bobcats in first round
By Scott Mims
The Thorsby Rebels pummeled the Woodland Bobcats 10-0 and 22-5 to take their first round playoff series Friday, and they made it look easy.
In Game 1, Brantley Bice and Tanner Bush split 4 RBI in the first inning, and Blake Elkins’ double scored another. Evan Bryan was hit by a pitch, sending Cody Carroll home and giving the No. 2 Rebels a 6-0 lead.
Matt Morgan batted in two runs in Game 1, and Carroll struck out six of 15 Woodland batters.
Shane Beam pitched in the fifth inning and struck out one batter.
Thorsby coach Ab Argent said the team continued to hit and pitch well Friday.
“I’m just pleased with the way our kids played today. I think we’re starting to peak at the right time, and our kids are starting to play with a little confidence,” he said.
Woodland started off strong in Game 2 as Zach Barron picked up a single and scored on a passed ball. Tyler Napier plated two runs on a single to left field, putting Woodland up 3-0.
But the Rebels wouldn’t stand for it for long. Morgan answered with a grand slam, driving in Cory Woodall, Bush and Wesley Smitherman. The Rebels scored four more in the second inning, making it 8-3.
Bush doubled to right center in the fourth inning; he ended up garnering 5 RBI in Game 2.
Woodall and Jace Maddox each had 2 RBI in the fifth, and Stephen Mims hit it to the left field wall to drive in the final run of the game.
Bice pitched the full five innings, throwing 88 pitches and striking out six batters.
Next Friday, the Rebels (27-4) face the winner of the Shades Mountain Christian- Ranburne series.
“It’s only going to get tougher from here,” Argent said. “Our kids are aware of what’s out there. Hopefully, we can just keep it rolling.”