The West Lincoln Rebels are in the middle of a four-game winning streak.
Most recently, they beat Newton-Conover in extra innings on Tuesday night and followed that up with a Wednesday night victory over Hunter Huss.
The game against Newton went nine innings. The Rebels were down 7-2 until the sixth inning. Head coach Allan Chapman believed that was the key juncture in the game.
â€œThe kids showed a lot of character because we were almost buried there in the sixth down five and they came out and got three straight hits. We put pressure on them and anytime you put pressure on a high school team, good things are going to happen,â€ he said.
West used those four runs to narrow the margin to 7-6. They added one in the seventh to deadlock the contest and sent the game into extra innings.
In the ninth, Jonathan Thomas got things started with a walk. Brandan Jones singled, sending Thomas to second.
The next batter Daniel Scronce sacrificed Thomas and Jones over to second and third. The Red Devils attempting to get Thomas at third made an errant throw giving the Rebels their eighth win of the season.
Zac Koehler, now 3-0, earned the win for West Lincoln pitching one inning and allowing no hits. Kyle Lawerence picked up the loss.
Leading hitters were Koehler 2-for-5, Thomas who went 1-for-4 with a homerun, Brandan Jones who was 3-for-4 with a double and Dustin Hester who was 2-for-4.
Brent Gates and Dylan Anthony had a RBI apiece in the win.
â€œI feel a lot better about the 3-0 in conference than I do about the 8-2. Weâ€™re still a long way away from where we want to be, but I feel like weâ€™re playing better,â€ Chapman said.
On Wednesday, the Rebels dismantled Hunter Huss 5-1 behind the strong pitching of Toby Lawerence.
â€œToby threw the best heâ€™s thrown all year late in the game. Then we took him out and got Derrik Boggs some work. Heâ€™s only a sophomore, but we really like him, heâ€™s going to be good,â€ Chapman said.
Lawerence worked five innings, striking out four and allowing only two hits.
Tied 1-1 through four innings, the Rebels took control of the game in the fifth inning scoring four runs. Two of the runs came via a Paul Finger RBI and a Chris Henderson RBI.
Kevin Jarvis suffered the loss for the Huskies. Boggs picked up the save for the Rebels.
Leading hitters for the Rebels were Dylan Anthony who went 2-for-3, Paul Finger with a RBI triple and Zac Koehler with a RBI double.
The win raises West Lincolnâ€™s record to 9-2 on the year.
Chapman feels like this win streak has begun to birth something very important in baseball.
â€œWeâ€™re getting a lot of confidence. Weâ€™re still young at positions and those kids are starting to gain in confidence at the plate. Dustin Hester is a first year player and heâ€™s really stepped in and given us a boost in the lineup and especially in the field,â€ he said.
So is the coach satisfied with what theyâ€™ve been able to accomplish?
â€œItâ€™s a good start, but weâ€™re not where we want to be. We still have a ways to go.â€
The Rebels will visit Shelby today attempting to up their Midwest 2A Conference mark.by John Mark Brooks