The Abilene Rebels baseball team hosted Lyons Monday night for a double-header and came away with a sweep. The Rebels kept the Lyons’ offense quiet for most of the night in only allowing five hits in winning game one 14-0 in five innings and game two 12-1 in five innings.
In the opener, Abilene scored three runs in the first inning, eight runs in the second inning, and three runs in the fourth inning. Offensively, Abilene was led by Robbie Keener, who went 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Kaleb Becker went 2-2 with two runs scored, a walk, and two RBI. Glen Friederich and Colby Mohn each went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Camden Meeks was 1-2 with a run scored, a walk, and a stolen base.
Bryce Riekeman went 1-2 with two runs scored, was hit by a pitch, and had a RBI. Kaden Coup was 1-3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, and a RBI. Seth Hokanson went 1-3 with a run scored. Carter Taplin had a sacrifice RBI and a walk, and Roman Sanchez walked and scored a run in the 14-0 final in five innings due to the run-rule.
On the mound for Abilene, Friederich got his first start of the season in going four innings, striking out eight, walked one, hit a batter, allowed only one hit, and no runs. Taplin pitched the final inning, walking one, allowed one hit, and no runs.
The nightcap was more of the same as Keener got the start on the mound for Abilene and kept the defense rolling with a solid play behind him. Lyons did get a couple of singles in its first at-bat, but they would be stranded on the bases. The Rebels came up in their half of the first inning and took a quick lead as Coup led off with a triple, Taplin walked, Riekeman had a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Coup, and Taplin scored on a wild pitch.
Abilene scored five runs in the home half of the third inning as Taplin, Riekemen, Keener, Friederich, and Jayshaun Jones all reached and scored. Meeks had a two-RBI double and Sanchez had a sacrifice RBI also in the inning.
The Rebels tacked on five more runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Peter Garcia walked and later scored, Coup singled and scored, Taplin was hit by a pitch and scored, Riekeman drove in two with a single and scored, Keener doubled to drive in a run, Friederich had a sacrifice RBI, and Sanchez hit an RBI double.
Lyons got its lone run of the night in the fifth inning after an error, wild pitch, sacrifice, and a passed ball. But it wouldn’t be enough to keep the contest going as the game ended at 12-1 due to the run-rule.
Abilene, now 9-5-1, will begin play in the Babe Ruth District Four Tournament this Friday in Haven. The Rebels will play the host team at 7 p.m.