The Abilene Rebels Babe Ruth baseball team played a single game Wednesday night in Abilene against a familiar foe. The Rebels played Herington, a team that they just played a double-header against this past Sunday, and won 11-1 in five innings.
“This game came together at the last moment,” Abilene coach Billy Hansen said. “We were scheduled to play a double-header against Minneapolis here in Abilene but there was apparently some kind of scheduling mix up.”
“We had cancelled our games and scheduled a practice when my phone rang and it was Herington’s coach asking if we were still looking for games. Herington was supposed to play at Marion and they got cancelled, so we just got together and made a single game happen,” Hansen continued.
Herington got on the scoreboard first in their first at-bat after a leadoff walk, a stolen base, a sacrifice, and a single.
Abilene came up in their half of the first inning and took a lead that they would not give up. Chase Stalder led off with a walk and later scored, Matt McClanahan walked and later scored on a single by Nolan Berry for a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Neither team would do much offensively in the second or third innings.
In the fourth inning, Herington went down in order while Abilene extended their lead. Chad Beetch doubled and scored on a single by James Villalpando, Colton Mills singled, and Wyatt Youtsey singled to drive in two runs for a 5-1 Abilene lead.
The fifth inning saw Herington go down in order. The Rebels had a big fifth inning as Alex Friederich reached on an error and later scored, Beetch was hit-by-a-pitch and later scored, Villalpando singled to drive in a run and he later scored, Hunter Combes singled and later scored, Mills reached on an error and later scored, Youtsey doubled to drive in a run, and Weston Riffel was hit-by-a-pitch for the third time in the game.
The game ended by run-rule after five innings.
“We got off to a slow start and wanted to get some guys some playing time in this game tonight, but that didn’t quite work out like I wanted to but I think we got some valuable game situation time”, Hansen said. “We will have our hands full this coming Sunday with a very good Salina team.”
“It took a lot for this game to take place in confirming umpires, the teams, and the Abilene Parks & Recreation department getting the field ready right up until game time and the staff on hand, they were helpful with making this game happen,” Hansen continued.
On the mound for Abilene, Combes went the distance striking out five, walked two, allowed only two hits, and one earned run.
Offensively for the Rebels, Villalpando went 2-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base, Youtsey also was 2-3 with a run scored and three RBI, Beetch was 1-1 with two runs scored and was hit-by-a-pitch twice, Combes went 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI, and Berry was 1-3 with a RBI.
Abilene, now 3-0, will be at home Sunday for a double-header against Salina LDA starting at 4pm at Ted Power Field.