Cason Mobley appears to have the Effingham County Rebels baseball team’s number.
The Brunswick right-hander limited the Rebels to one earned run, and the Pirates beat the Rebels 8-2 Friday night at Rebel Field.
In the Rebels’ Region 3-AAAA opener last month, Mobley tossed a one-hitter against the Rebels. Friday night, he faced the minimum through the first four innings and did not allow a baserunner past first until the sixth.
“He did an excellent job of throwing strikes and just challenging us,” Effingham coach Brett Griffin said.
Mobley only struck out three but did not walk a batter and held the Rebels to four hits, all singles. He retired 13 straight batters after giving up a leadoff single to Dylan Scott on his first pitch.
Mobley’s double led to the first run in the fourth, and the Pirates broke the game open in the fifth. After Ryan Jones led off with a single, J.J. Elseser beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt. The bases were loaded when Kevin Brown reached on a bunt attempt as Justin Wilson didn’t get his foot on first base.
Rory Mock followed, ripping a two-run double just inside first base. Mobley and Chris Newsome greeted reliever Marshall Edwards with run-scoring singles, and Jay Repko capped the rally with a two-run double down the left-field line. The Pirates sent 10 men to the plate in the six-run outburst.
“They did a good job of putting the ball in play,” Griffin said. “They strung together some hits, and that’s the key in high school baseball.
“It can happen quickly. We make plays here and there, who knows, maybe it’s a different ball game.”
Brunswick added another run in the sixth and the Rebels got on the board as Elseser’s throw to first sailed wide. The Rebels’ final run scored on Jaime Tyler’s RBI single to right, the run getting in position on a single and an error.
Brunswick committed three errors but turned two double plays, including Mobley starting a twin-killing on a sacrifice bunt try in the first.
“They made the plays there until the seventh,” Griffin said. “They did a great job.”
Josh Moreland got out of the game in the fifth, holding runners in scoring position and getting the final three outs without any further damage as Tyler made a leaping grab at third to the end inning. He also wriggled out of a two-on, none-out jam in the seventh, thanks to a double play.
Steven Proctor started on the mound and limited the Pirates to two hits through the first four innings.
“Once again, our pitchers came in throwing strikes, for the most part,” Griffin said.