The Effingham County Rebels made quick work of the Brunswick Pirates in their Region 3-AAAA baseball game Friday night.
Zach Dotson held the Pirates to one hit, and Justin Rogers and Daniel Farmer sparked the offense in a 10-0, five-inning victory over the Pirates.
“We felt like Zach did a good job tonight, especially considering the conditions,” Rebels coach Brett Griffin said. “He had good stuff, and he let his defense work behind him.”
Dotson went all five innings, striking out eight while walking four. He faced 21 Pirates batters. Limiting the damage by four walks showed the faith Dotson had in his teammates to make plays in the field, according to Griffin.
“When you know the guys behind you are going to make the plays, it makes it that much easier,” he said.
An early eruption by the offense helped make things smoother, too. The Rebels scored six runs in their first turn at-bat. They added another run in the third and three more in the fourth.
Rogers went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs, and Farmer went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. The Rebels finished with seven hits and were helped by three Pirates errors.
“I thought our kids did a good job of when they made a mistake, we took advantage of it,” Griffin said. “We swung the bats well.”
The Rebels are now 10-5 and 4-1 in the region, and they have won their last two games by a combined score of 26-4.
Ware County and Wayne County, each 3-1, played each other Friday night.
“We’re just taking it one at a time,” Griffin said. “The kids see what’s going on. They understand we can’t look past anybody.”
The Rebels will travel to Richmond Hill Tuesday for a non-region game against the Wildcats and will host Wayne County on Friday.