Josh Moreland’s single up the middle in the top of the eighth inning snapped a 5-5 tie and lifted the Effingham County Rebels to a 7-5 win over Wayne County in Region 3-AAAA baseball.
The Rebels (8-3, 2-0) led 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh before the homestanding Yellow Jackets (6-5, 2-1) rallied to even the game. Effingham had two on and two out before Moreland, who had the game-winner in the Rebels’ last game, delivered his game-winning hit.
“The guys came in and composed themselves,” Rebels assistant coach Clint Hodges said of the aftermath of Wayne’s tying rally.
Justin Wilson drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Dylan Scott was intentionally walked.
Moreland then singled to center, and Zach Dotson added another two-out RBI single.
Scott went six-plus innings before running out of the gas in the seventh. D.J. Collins relieved and earned the win. Dotson got the final three outs for the save.
“Dylan pitched a wonderful game,” Hodges said. “He was mixing his off-speed stuff with a good fastball.”
Effingham County outhit Wayne County 9-5, but the Rebels also committed four errors. Moreland was 2-for-4 and Justin Rogers went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Dotson was 2-for-3.
Colby Dent was 2-for-4 for the Jackets. Adam Pruitt suffered the loss on the mound.
Effingham plays host to Ware County on Friday at 6 p.m.