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Resilient Rebels skin Panthers, advance to Sweet 16
The Rebels pour out of the dugout to celebrate as JR Lonon (4) crosses the plate with the winning run in the first game against the Panthers on Wednesday. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County Rebels advanced to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 by sweeping Lakeside-Evans in a best-of-three series at Rebel Field on Wednesday.

Game 1 was a thrilling contest as the Rebels eked out a 4-3 win in eight innings. Chase Howze was credited with driving in the decisive run after he was hit by a bases-loaded pitch. JR Lonon tallied the run, setting off a wild celebration on the field.

The Rebels, who struggled against Georgia-bound pitcher Will Childers in the opener, had a much easier time in Game 2, notching an 11-5 decision.

Effingham County will host Valdosta for another best-of-three series starting May 2.

See the May 1 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.