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Rebels rally in last at-bat to dump Devils
Rebels right fielder Cullen Wake comes up with the ball after a single fell between him and second baseman Jordan Rahn (1). - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County Rebels went from famine to feast in their game against Statesboro on Wednesday.

The Rebels tallied all their runs in their last at-bat to beat the Blue Devils 5-4. Zach Wilson scored the final one when after Chandler Hinely's sharp grounder to shortstop Davis Wiggins proved to be too hot to handle.

Effingham County didn't come close to scoring until Statesboro replaced starting pitcher Bradley Gronefeld.

"He was mixing it up well, was pounding the strike zone and I think he had us confused and we didn't compete very well in our early at-bats," Rebels coach Brett Griffin said. "It's frustrating. The players can't figure it out and it's one of the things we've really got to work on -- and that's stop wearing our emotions on our sleeve and just be even keeled. We know that and we are working to address that."

Emotions soared following Wiggins' error. The Rebels chased Hinely to first base to celebrate with him.

Ryan Harley was credited with the pitching victory in relief of Colton Long. Harley worked three innings, allowing two hits. He struck out five.

Bryce Westerfield took the loss. He surrendered all five runs in 2/3 of an inning. 

See the March 21 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.