Rain limits Rebels action to split
It seems the rain has something against the Eudora Rebels getting in a game or two so far this summer.
After losing out on a tournament in Johnson County, the Midwest Rebels finally got in a pair of games last weekend at Baker University, where the team was taking part in a wood bat tournament. Unfortunately, after Friday's pair of games, the rain returned, washing out Saturday and Sunday's action.
Of the games played, the Rebels managed to gain a split. The first game saw the Rebels dispatch the Lawrence Outlaws 6-1, but fell in the second game to the Johnson County Hornets 8-0.
Despite the second game shut-out, head coach Phil Hannon was pleased with the performance.
"I was real pleased with the effort," Hannon said. "Our defense was pretty good and in the first game we hit the ball well."
The Rebels came out of the gates with four quick runs against the Outlaws, which also pleased the coach despite the lack of play.
"They played well," Hannon said. "Even with the weather and the limited practice time, the progress is good."
In the first game, the Eudora members of the Rebels all found themselves on base in one form or another.
Miles Cleveland, who went 0-3, managed to draw a walk and score a run, which helped kick start the early inning offensive surge that had the Rebels out in front 4-0.
Former Cardinal Paul Smith and upcoming senior Kyle Brouhard both went 1-3 in the game, while drawing three walks between them.
Mark Abel went 1-2.
On the mound, another former Cardinal, Joe Kaup pitched two solid innings in the Rebels' win.
Kaup gave up no hits and struck out two.
"Joe pitched pretty well," Hannon said. "All of our pitchers did pretty well."
n the second game, the Rebel bats came up dry in the 8-0 loss to the Hornets. Cleveland was the only Eudora player to get a hit for the Rebels.
Brouhard got on base twice, both times on walks, while Kaup and Rodney Spillman both went 0-3.
But the bats were not the only culprits in the loss.
"Our pitchers couldn't get into the game rhythm," Hannon said. "And that really put us back on our feet."
Brouhard pitched two innings for the Rebels, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out two batters.
This weekend, the Rebels will once again be on hiatus, but not because of the weather. Football camps begin for both Baldwin and Eudora players, which will leave the team a little short-handed.
"With all of the kids going to the football camps we won't have enough players to field a team," Hannon said. "But we'll get one in the next time around."
And even though Hannon considers himself more of a baseball guy, he sees the benefits of the heavy workouts for the players.
"What we're interested in here is that our guys are well-rounded players," Hannon said. "And even though we don't get to play as much as we would like, it's all for the benefit of the kids."