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Rebels win two, lose two during busy baseball week
JD Coleman
Rebels catcher JD Coleman waits for a pitch from Josh Bassett during a 7-3 win over the Tigers at Rebel Field on Feb. 23. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County finished a busy baseball week with a 2-2 mark.

After mashing Metter 7-3 at Rebel Field on Feb. 23, the Rebels split a road doubleheader with the Tigers on Thursday, winning the opener 2-1 and dropping the nightcap 5-3.

On Saturday, the Rebels (3-2) stumbled 8-1 at home against Mount Paran Christian (3-2).

Effingham County was limited to four hits by Mount Paran. The Rebels suffered nine strikeouts.

Hits were also hard to come by at Metter (2-3). The Rebels collected just four base knocks in each game of the twin bill. No one had multiple hits in either contest.

Effingham County won the opener thanks to an eighth-inning sacrifice fly by JD Coleman. It knocked in Chapman Bennett, who drew a one-out walk and advanced into scoring position on a hit by Timmy Burnsed.

Rebels starting pitcher Caden Kessler notched six strikeouts in the first game. He issued three walks and allowed one hit in three innings. Mason Mealor, Inaki Hutchinson and Matthew Ford had scoreless relief stints.

In their initial game of the week, Metter pounced in the opening inning but flounced in the others.

After jumping to a 3-0 lead during their initial at-bat by capitalizing on three singles and a walk, the Tigers were tamed by Josh Bassett. The big right-hander allowed only one hit over the next four 4 2/3 frames before relinquishing the mound to Zach Garcia in the Rebels’ 7-3 victory.

Bassett posted eight strikeouts.

Bennett had a three-RBI hit. Burnsed added two hits and an RBI. 

Burnsed and Tucker Wilson scored twice.