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Rebels knock off No. 1 Bulldoggs
Rebels first baseman Jerid Stokes knocked in two his team's three runs in Wednesday's first game against Winder-Barrow.

No. 1 is done.

The Effingham County Rebels (30-5) swept the top-ranked Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs (28-5) on Wednesday, beating them 3-2 and 10-3 in a Class AAAAAA quarterfinal series in Winder. 

The Rebels, who notched their third successive postseason sweep, will visit Heritage-Conyers next week in the semifinal round.

Game 1 starting pitcher Ethan Johnson squelched the Bulldoggs, allowing just three hits. Only one of the hits came after he surrendered a two-run homer in the fourth frame.

First baseman Jerid Stokes knocked in two of the Rebels' runs in the opener. One RBI came via a first-inning double that plated Christian Campbell. The other came on a third-inning groundout that knocked in Jordan Rahn.

Chase Howze knocked in a run in the second frame.

Campbell and JR Lonon each got two hits in the opener.

In Game 2,  the Rebels broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning by erupting for three runs. Howze drove in a run and a couple scored on errors.

Winder-Barrow finished with four defensive miscues in Game 2 and allowed four unearned runs.

The fifth inning was as productive as the third for Effingham County as Lonon, Chandler Hinely and Rahn collected RBI.

The Rebels piled on two more runs in the sixth inning and didn't bat in the seventh since they were designated as the home team.

Rahn finished with three hits and three runs scored. Lonon, Hinely, Austin Mealor and Howze each swatted two hits.

Merritt Evans was the winning pitcher. He allowed nine hits and struck out three while going the distance. He didn't surrender a base on balls.