The Abilene Rebels Senior Babe Ruth baseball team traveled to Hays last Thursday for a double-header with the Hays American Legion team. The Rebels struggled to get anything going offensively and lost game one 7-0 and dropped game two 13-3.
In the opener, Kaden Coup led off the game with a bloop-single over third base on the line. Coup would be stranded though, after the next three Abilene batters put the ball in play, but could not find any holes. Hays came up and hit four consecutive singles to lead off the game, and they scored three runs on those four hits and a sacrifice to take the early lead.
Hays went down in order in the second inning, but got a run in each of third and fourth innings, plus two in the sixth inning. Hays had eight hits in the contest, four walks, and five stolen bases. A couple of their runs were aided by three Abilene errors.
The Rebels only struck out four times at the plate in the game, but only had three hits to go along with six walks in the game. “We hit the ball, but couldn’t find any holes in their defense,” said Abilene coach Billy Hansen. “Coming in, we knew they were a good team based on them finishing pretty high in the state tournament last year. We didn’t play all that bad, just couldn’t get anything going.”
Offensively for the Rebels, Coup was 2-4 and Roman Sanchez had the other Abilene hit to go along with a stolen base. Robbie Keener walked twice in the contest.
On the mound for the Rebels, Coup got the start, tossing four innings striking out one, walked four, allowed five hits and four earned runs. Glen Friederich, seeing his first action on the mound this summer, pitched two innings in relief, striking out two, walked none, allowed three hits, and two earned runs.
Game two saw the Rebels get off to a good start with Coup leading off the game with a walk, followed by a single from Carter Taplin, and another single followed off the bat of Bryce Riekeman to drive in Coup. After a passed ball to move runners up, Keener had a sacrifice RBI and Friederich drove in a run on another single. Abilene had three runs on the board in their first at-bat. But, unfortunately, that would be all they would get in the game. Hays immediately came up and took the lead with four runs on four hits and a walk.
Hays tacked on single runs in each of the second and third innings, before exploding for seven runs in the fourth inning on just four hits, but also four walks and two errors. The game would end by run-rule in the fourth inning at 13-3.
“Again, we only struck out four times at the plate, but couldn’t get anything strung together after a promising start,” said Hansen. “They (Hays) are a really good hitting team and had a bunch of good pitching. It was good for us to see that pitching, which we hit to put the ball in play, just not for hits on the scoreboard.”
Offensively for Abilene, Coup was 2-2 with a run scored and a walk. Riekeman went 2-2 with a run scored and a RBI. On the mound for the Rebels, Sanchez was the starter going three innings striking out one, walked three, allowed eight hits, and eight earned runs. Colby Mohn came in for two-thirds of an inning striking out none, walked three, and allowed three earned runs in facing seven batters. Taplin faced one batter in allowing one hit.
Abilene, now 7-5-1, was scheduled to play at home Monday evening for their last regular-season double header against Lyons at Ted Power Field.