Special to Reflector-Chronicle
The Abilene Rebels baseball team hosted Chapman for a double-header Tuesday night and came away with two wins. The Rebels won the opener 15-1 in five innings and took the nightcap 6-2.
In game one, Abilene got the early lead in its half of the first inning as Chase Stalder led off with a single and stole second, Nolan Berry singled to drive in Stalder, and James Villalpando sacrificed to drive in Berry for the early 2-0 lead. The second inning saw the Rebels blow the game open as Colton Mills led off with a walk and later scored, Chad Beetch reached on an error, stole second, and later scored, Wyatt Youtsey reached on a fielder’s choice that drove in a run and he later scored, Chris Cease grounded out but it got a run home, Weston Riffel reached on an error and later scored, Stalder singled and later scored, Matt McClanahan walked and later scored, Berry walked to bring in a run and he later scored, Villalpando sacrificed again to drive in a run, Alex Friederich singled to bring in a run, Mills and Beetch both reached on errors but were stranded on base. Abilene now led 10-0 after two innings.
The third inning saw Chapman get its lone hit of the game with that batter later scoring from third when there was a run-down between first and second bases. In Abilene’s half of the third inning, Cease led off with a single and a steal of second base and Stalder was hit-by-a-pitch but they would both be stranded. In the fourth inning, Chapman earned a couple of walks but they were stranded. The Rebels offense came back in their half of the fourth inning as Mills reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and later scored, Beetch singled and later scored, Youtsey walked and later scored, Cease singled to drive in two, Riffel walked and later scored, Stalder walked, McClanahan walked to bring in a run and Berry singled bringing in a run for the 15-1 lead. Chapman went down in order in their half of the inning.
“We came out and were focused from the start,” Abilene Head Coach Billy Hansen said. “We hit the ball well, played good defense, and Chase pitched pretty well for us too. I just wasn’t real happy with how they scored their run.”
On the mound for the Rebels, Stalder went the distance striking out seven, walked six, allowed just one hit, and one earned run. Offensively for Abilene, Stalder went 2-2 with a walk, was hit-by-a-pitch and had a stolen base, Mills also was 2-2 with a walk and a stolen base, Berry went 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, Cease went 2-3 with a run scored and three RBI, Beetch was 1-3 with two runs scored, and Alex Friederich was 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI.
In the second game, Abilene got another two run lead in its first at-bat as Berry tripled, Youtsey singled to drive in Berry and Youtsey later scored on an error for the 2-0 lead.
The Rebels got another run in the second inning as Villalpando singled and later scored, Cease singled and Beetch singled to drive in a run. Both teams went down in order in the third inning.
The fourth inning saw Chapman get a couple of base runners on by walks but they would be stranded. The Rebels got two more runs in the fourth inning as Friederich reached on an error and later scored, a sacrifice by Riffel, McClanahan singled to drive in a run, Villalpando sacrificed again, and Cease doubled. Abilene led 5-0 after four innings.
Chapman went down in order in the fifth inning. Abilene got another run across the plate as Mills led-off with a single, stole second, and later scored on a double by Berry.
Chapman got its two runs in the sixth inning after a leadoff walk, a double, a fielder’s choice, and an error. The Rebels got a walk from Riffel and a single from Villalpando in the sixth inning but they would be stranded. Chapman went down in order as the game ended after six innings due to a 2-hour time limit at 6-2.
Abilene Rebels Head Coach Billy Hansen got his 200th career victory coaching in the Abilene Babe Ruth program and his players dumped the cooler of ice water on him after the game.
“Nolan wanted to pitch again and he went out there and worked for us, which is appreciated concerning our injuries,” Hansen said. “Another one-hitter after pitching a no-hitter on Sunday…that’s impressive, plus our defense was solid behind Nolan,” Hansen continued.
The game was the last time playing on the field for Berry, Friederich and McClanahan.
Offensively for Abilene, Villalpando was 2-2 with a run scored and a sacrifice, Berry went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI, Cease went 2-3, and Youtsey and McClanahan each went 1-3 with a run scored. Mills and Beetch had a hit each in the game. On the mound for the Rebels, Berry went the distance striking out six, walked six, allowed one hit, and one earned run.
Abilene, now 14-7, will be in the District Four Tournament in Lyons beginning next Monday. The Rebels will play the late game, beginning at 8 p.m., against the host Lyons team.