Everyone got in the act for McKenzie on April 9. All nine players in the Rebels’ starting batting order scored at least one run as the Tri-Countians routed Gleason 18-3 in District 13A baseball action. McKenzie exploded for 13 runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow open what was a 5-2 contest up until that point. Zach Newman had the highlight hit of that frame with a two-run home run. For the day, Newman was 2-for-3 with five runs batted in and three tallies scored. In addition, Noah Lawrence, Tristen Lowe, Colin Smith and Grant Lowrance all drove in two runs. Rebels Noah Lowrance, Smith and Grant Lowrance (who doubled) all scored twice, while Curtis Broadbent crossed the pay station on three occasions.
Gleason totaled four hits against the Rebels – the most memorable being a Blake Taylor home run. Bulldog Chase Ezell also drove in a run, while Avery Orr and Zach Ivy both accounted for one tally. On the mound, winning pitcher Ty McClain went the distance, striking out four and allowing four hits with two walks. Gleason’s Ezell was the losing pitcher. Ezell lasted five innings, allowing six hits and nine runs with four walks and three punchouts. Orr tossed one-third of an inning for the Bulldogs, while Mark McKenzie came on to throw two-thirds of a frame. Altogether, Gleason was guilty of six errors against the Rebels. McKenzie also bested the Bulldogs on April 8, prevailing 13-7. McKenzie 18, Gleason 3 The Rebels scored five runs in the second inning off three hits, one error and a walk. Smith was the first McKenzie player to score in the frame. Lunn followed Smith in on Grant Lowrance’s double. After the two-bagger, Grant Lowrance stole third base and scored as did Curtis Broadbent when Zach Newman singled. Newman crossed the pay station when Devyn Crowell reached on an error as the Rebels led by a 5-0 count. Gleason battled back in the home half of the third inning as Orr drew a lead-off walk. Ivy singled to put a pair on and Ezell assisted his mound cause with an RBI double. Then, Austin Perry lifted a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice that resulted in Ivy stepping on home plate. Gleason trailed 5-2 after four frames. The Rebels’ 13-run sixth inning began with a trio of consecutive walks by Crowell, Noah Lowrance and Tristen Lowe. All three McKenzie players scored as did Smith (reached on an error), Grant Lowrance (hit by a pitch) and Curtis Broadbent (singled). Broadbent trotted to home plate when Newman homered to left-center field. In addition, Austin Chapman, Aaron Oakley, Noah Lowrance, Lowe, Broadbent and Newman all stepped on home plate after the round-tripper on a combination of four hits, three errors and a pair of walks. Gleason mustered one run in the home half of the sixth inning when Taylor homered to center field. McKenzie 13, Gleason 7 Lowe had a perfect day at the dish with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double, three runs and two runs batted in on April 8. Also, Noah Lowrance, Grant Lowrance and Lunn each had two RBI. Gleason’s Ezell was 2-for-5 with one ribbie and one tally scored, while Perry drove in a pair during a 2-for-4 outing. Bulldog Archie Rich finished the defeat to the Rebels 3-for-4 with two runs scored. On the mound, Crowell earned the pitching win. The McKenzie hurler lasted three innings, striking out three and allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. Stephens gained a save, throwing four innings in relief of Crowell. Taylor was the losing pitcher for Gleason. The Bulldog senior went two innings, giving up six runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. Hunter Corum threw four innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) on four walks and four hits with a trio of strikeouts.