GUYTON -- Effingham County scored eight runs in the first three innings and held on for a 10-8 win over rival South Effingham on Monday night.
The Rebels snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Effingham County (13-12, 10-3 in Region 2-AAAAAA) increased its region lead to two games.
Rebels leadoff hitter Tyler Wells was 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead the team's attack. Blake Hendrix had two hits and drove in three runs and pitched a scoreless seventh inning to register a save.
Griffin Howe was the starter and winner, allowing four earned runs in six innings.
Hunter Walthour had two hits and drive in a run for the Mustangs, who dropped to 18-7, 8-5.
The second of the three-game set is Wednesday in Springfield.