CHAPMAN –– The Abilene Rebels baseball team traveled to Chapman for a double-header Wednesday and came away with two wins in two very different games. Abilene took Game One, a three-hour contest, 24-10 in a slugfest and Game Two 4-2 in a comeback victory.
Abilene got on the scoreboard quickly in their first at-bat in the opener by scoring three runs as Nolan Berry singled, James Villalpando singled, Chad Beetch doubled to drive in two, and Alex Friederich singled to drive in a run for the early 3-0 lead.
Chapman got on the scoreboard with a run of their own after a single, a couple of stolen bases, and an error.
In the second inning, Weston Riffel reached on an error and made it to third base, Wyatt Youtsey singled and stole second but that would be all the Rebels would do. Chapman sent four to the plate in their half of the second inning, but did not score.
Abilene blew the game open with a big third inning by scoring nine runs as Berry was hit-by-a-pitch, Villalpando reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored, Beetch reached on an error and later scored, Friederich singled to drive in a couple and scored, Hunter Combes singled to drive in a run and scored, Colton Mills singled and later scored, Riffel was hit-by-a-pitch and scored, Youtsey reached on a fielder’s choice and scored, Chase Stalder singled and later scored, Matt McClanahan walked and scored, Berry singled to drive in two, and hit into a fielder’s choice to score a run.
Chapman went down in order in their half of the inning. The Rebels led 12-1 after three innings. The fourth inning saw Friederich get a leadoff double but he was stranded at third base. Chapman got three runs in their half of the fourth inning on four hits, a fielder’s choice, and a walk.
The fifth inning saw Abilene not do anything at the plate and Chapman get three more runs on a hit-batter, two hits, and a walk.
The Rebels led 12-7 after five innings. In the sixth inning, Abilene exploded offensively scoring 12 runs as Beetch was hit-by-a-pitch and later scored, Friederich reached on an error, Logan Meuli doubled to drive in a run, Mills doubled driving a run in, Youtsey walked and scored, Stalder walked and scored, McClanahan reached on an error and drove in two, Berry singled and drove in two runs, Villalpando was hit-by-a-pitch that scored a run and he scored, Friederich was hit-by-a-pitch to drive in a run and later scored, Meuli walked and scored, Riffel reached on an error that drove in two runs, and Youtsey singled to drive a run in.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Chapman added three runs on two hits, three walks, a fielder’s choice, a sacrifice, and an error for the 24-10 final.
“We pounded out 15 hits and had 18 RBI but Chapman also was putting together some offense so we had to play defense too,” Abilene coach Billy Hansen said. ”Nolan and Alex were pretty good at the plate in driving in seven runs between them but a lot of others contributed too,” Hansen continued.
Offensively for the Rebels, Berry went 3-3 with two runs scored was hit-by-a-pitch, walked once, and had four RBI, Friederich was 3-4 with three runs scored, was hit-by-a-pitch, and had three RBI, Mills went 2-3 with three runs scored, walked twice, had a stolen base, and a RBI, Youtsey was 2-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base, and a RBI, Meuli went 1-1 with a two runs scored, a walk, and a RBI, Beetch was
Rebels 1-4 with three runs, was hit-by-a-pitch, and had two RBI, Villalpando went 1-4 with three runs scored, a stolen base, was hit-by-a-pitch, and had a RBI, and Stalder was 1-4 with two runs scored and two walks.
On the mound for Abilene, Combes went four and a third innings striking out four, walked one, allowed five hits, and three earned runs. Meuli went one and two-thirds innings striking out one, walked three, allowed four hits, and four earned runs.
Game Two was a much lower scoring affair but still an entertaining game. After the long three-hour first game, it was decided to play a five-inning game or hour and a half time limit.
Abilene went down in order in their half of the first inning on three strikeouts. Chapman took the early lead in their half of the inning on two hits, two fielder’s choice, and an error to score a run. Chapman tacked on another run in their half of the second inning on one hit and an error for a 2-0 lead.
The next offense came from Abilene in their half of the fifth and last inning in comeback fashion. Mills led off with a single, moved to second on a balk, and stole third, Youtsey walked and stole second, with one out Stalder walked to load the bases, and then McClanahan laid down a great bunt down the third base line to drive in Youtsey to tie the game at two each.
Then things got a little interesting with Combes at the plate. Combes walked to first on a 3-2 count but there was some controversy on if that was the count when the pitch was thrown. The Chapman starting pitcher had some words with the field umpire and was ejected from the game. After a bit of a delay, Berry came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a very hard ground ball that got through the shortstop to drive in two runs for a 4-2 Abilene lead.
Chapman came up with a chance to at least tie the game and got two ground ball outs and the third out was the spot in the batting order where the player was ejected would have been and Chapman was out of bench players. Abilene pulled out the 4-2 victory.
”We got a nice game out of Chase on the mound in this one and we kept on battling once we adjusted to the pitching,” Hansen said. ”I was glad to see us not give up and we tried to make something happen in that last inning by stealing third and bunting with the bases loaded to tie the game…we kept being aggressive and it worked out for us,” Hansen continued.
On the mound for Abilene, Stalder went the distance striking out two, walked none, allowed five hits, and one earned run. Offensively for the Rebels, McClanahan was 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI, Mills went 1-2 with a run scored, and a stolen base, and Chris Cease was 1-2.