The West Lincoln Rebels wasted no time jumping on the Newton-Conover Red Devils Friday before soundly defeating them 13-2.
The Rebels, behind the strong pitching of Brandon Jones, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
The four runs would be all West Lincoln would need. Southpaw Jones allowed only one hit in five innings of work. He also struck out eight Red Devil batters.
With a 5-0 lead, Jonathon Thomas recorded the biggest hit of the ballgame. The sophomore crushed a ball to deep left-centerfield for a three RBI inside the park homerun to push the advantage to 8-0.
West was not finished adding another run in the fourth and four more in the seventh to finish with 13 runs for the game.
The biggest hit of the seventh came was made by sophomore Chris Henderson. Henderson, with the bases loaded, stroked a ball down the foul line for a three-RBI double.
Jones earned the victory for West Lincoln, his third of the year (3-1).
Kyle Lawerence suffered the loss working only three innings.
Leading hitters were Dylan Anthony who went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, Henderson who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Thomas who was 1-for-2 with five RBIs.
Paul Finger was 2-for-4 with one RBI, Zac Koehler was 1-for-1 with four walks and one RBI. Scronce was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
The victory raises the Rebelsâ€™ record to 13-7 and 6-4 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
West is embarking on a homestand this week, so the win could not have been more timely.
First, on Tuesday they will play host to Shelby, then on Friday the Bandys Trojans will pay a visit.
The Rebels are battling for one of the Midwest 2A Conferenceâ€™s playoff spots. by John Mark Brooks