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Rebels rout Cavaliers
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Dylan Scott and the Effingham County Rebels handed the Calvary Day Cavaliers their first loss of the season with a 17-7 whipping Saturday afternoon. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Effingham County baseball coach Brett Griffin said his Rebels couldn’t wait to get to the ballpark Saturday, even if their game with Calvary was postponed by two hours.

They then made quick work of the Cavaliers, blasting Class A’s No. 3-ranked team 17-7 for a five-inning mercy-rule victory. It was also the Cavaliers’ first loss of the season.

“After a good win (Friday) night, they were excited to get to the ballpark,” Griffin said of his team, noting their comeback win against Wayne County on Friday night.

After the Cavaliers (16-1) struck for four runs in the top of the first inning, Effingham’s offense went to work. The Rebels scored six runs in the first, seven in the second and four in the third.

Griffin wasn’t shocked at the result his team (12-7) posted against one of the best teams in Class A.

“It’s something the kids had in them,” he said. “But it’s also the game of baseball. Anything can happen.”

Josh Brant was 3-for-3 with six RBIs to lead the attack. Justin Wilson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in two runs, Corey Caldwell was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Jaime Tyler was 2-for-2 with a double.

Now, with back-to-back big wins under the belts in less than 24 hours, their Rebels will finish the Region 3-AAAA regular season this week with Glynn Academy on the road and Ware County at home.

“I’m really looking forward to getting into next week,” Griffin said. “It could be something goes into our favor.”

It was also the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this year, which may also be a good thing. Winning pitcher Josh Moreland went three innings and surrendered four runs on six hits but hit four batters. He, in turn, was plunked.