Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Royals foil Rebels once again

July 14, 2005

The Midwest Rebels took on Louisburg over the weekend and came out of the contest with a hard fought 3-2 win in nine innings.

The Rebels used a combination of pitching and small ball to came away with the win.

It was a mixture that was not lost on the coaching staff.

"We had good pitching and defense," coach Dirk Kinney said. "When you have those combinations you're going to win a lot of games."

The team had solid outings from many of their pitchers including Kyle Brouhard, Joe Kaup and Daren Parker.

The small ball came in the form of timely bunts to move runners over. As usual, leadoff man Miles Cleveland was in the thick of things.

The senior-to-be second baseman used his speed on the bunts to generate a late Rebels run on a squeeze play.

"We had a lot of close plays the entire game," Brouhard said. "Miles really helped us out and got things moving."

The close win over Louisburg came on the heels of another doubleheader disappointment to the K.C. Royals.

The Rebels lost a pair of games to the Royals the week before at Baldwin and on Sunday the results were not much different.

Game one saw the Rebels lose 3-2 despite a combined one hitter by the pitching staff.

The sole hit however was a killer, a three-run home run by the Royals that put the Rebels in a hole they couldn't quite get out of.

"It was too bad," Brouhard said. "The guys pitched well. We played well, but we just gave up the one hit."

There was no chance of a redemptive one-hit win in the second game as the Royals completed the doubleheader sweep with a convincing 8-2 win.

The Rebels have lost four of their last five games, all four losses in that stretch have come at the hands of the Kansas City based team, which is made up of players from Bishop Ward, Bishop Miege and Piper high schools.

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