The Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg Rebels Seniors split a quartet of games over the weekend, winning Friday and in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Rebels took down York 4-3 on Friday, dropped a close 2-1 decision to Geneva on Saturday then opened Sunday's doubleheader with a 3-1 win over Tecumseh before falling by the same score in the nightcap.
After the weekend, SOS is now 8-8 on the season ahead of another doubleheader on Thursday in Twin River. SOS had won four of five after Friday's victory before dropping two of the next three. In seven of the team's eight wins, Rebels pitching has allowed four or fewer runs.
FRIDAY, SOS 4, YORK 3: That was the case again Friday when Bailey Belt went four innings allowing three earned runs, five hits and two walks while striking out three. Austin Coffin came on in the fifth and scattered five hits and striking out two while not allowing any York runs.
York took a 3-0 lead in the third on four straight hits including two doubles. SOS finally answered in the fifth when Wyatt Whitmore led off with a walk, Bailey Belt moved him to third on a double two hitters later and Alec Wieseman grounded out to the right side cutting the deficit to 3-1.
Following an error and a hit batter, Grady Belt then made it 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk. A strikeout, however, left the bags full.
Whitmore started another rally in the sixth when he struck out but reached first on a passed ball. Bailey Belt singled him over to second then Wieseman doubled them both in for the game-tying and winning runs.
Coffin allowed two lead off singles in the seventh but pitched out of the jam on two grounders and a strikeout.
SATURDAY, GENEVA 2, SOS 1: Geneva scored two runs in the first inning and held the lead the rest of the way. SOS out hit its opponent 6-3 but also committed four errors.
Both of Geneva's runs came with two outs. It started with a single then an error that put runners at first and second. The lead runner stole third and forced a bad throw that made it 1-0. An error at shortstop moments later had two on again. A blooper to right made it 2-0.
SOS remained silent until the sixth when Grady Belt singled, stole second and scored on a line drive to center by Pierce Branting.
The Rebels had the bases loaded and one down in the seventh but flew out to center and grounded out to short.
SOS left 10 runners on in total, spoiling a solid outing for Tanner Wood who went six innings with only three hits allowed, no earned runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
The Rebels also left the bases loaded in the fourth.
SUNDAY, S0S 3, TECUMSEH 1: Colin Wingard dazzled in seven innings of work with 11 strikeouts, two walks and just one hit.
Wingard's only damage came after a leadoff double in the fourth. A fly out to right then a failed fielder's choice two hitters later had runners at the corners that became a double steal and Tecumseh's lone run. Wingard struck out the next two then set the Tecumseh lineup down in order in the fifth and the sixth.
A two out walk in the seventh was the only base runner he allowed the rest of the way.
His teammates gave him two runs to work with right away in the first inning when Bailey Belt reached on an error in the first at bat, Grady Belt singled then Hoatson drove in a run two hitters later on a single to left. Branting made it 2-0 on a grounder through the left side.
A one-out Whitmore walk then Bailey Belt double turned into another run when Grady Belt bunted to the right side and brought Whitmore in from third and a 3-0 advantage.
Wingard set the Tecumseh lineup down in order four times, threw 61 of his 93 pitches for strikes and tossed a first-pitch strike to 13 of 26 hitters.
SUNDAY, TECUMSEH 3, SOS 1: SOS was forced to settle for a Sunday split when a 1-1 game went to the home team when a hit batter, double and two errors turned into two Tecumseh runs in the sixth with the game tied 1-1.
A double, wild pitch then ground out gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the third before SOS tied it in the fourth on a Branting single, Wieseman double and ground ball by Hoatson that brought in Branting from third.
SOS then only had three more base runners the rest of the way and managed just four hits against Tecumseh's Kade Davis who went all seven innings with just the one earned run to go with seven strikeouts.
That spoiled a quality outing for the Rebels' Max Hoatson. Hoatson went 5 and 1/3 with six hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and two walks. Konner Batenhorst fininshed off the final two outs, needing just five pitches and striking out one.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net