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Rebs win game one
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Apr 24, 2014 | 106 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARROLLTON -- The Carroll Academy Rebels stepped into playoff baseball mode Tuesday and beat Benton Academy 2-1 in the second round of the Class A playoffs.

"This is a baseball team right here, I gotta tell you," Rebels head coach Neil Turner said. "They went into the seventh inning expecting to win."

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Colby Harper reached base on a walk. Harper would advance on a Jake Streater single, putting the runners at first and second base. After a pass ball, the Rebels had runners at second and third with two outs, and with an 0-2 count Justin Farris delivered.

"There was no finger pointing," Turner said. "Farris knew what he had to do, and that was clutch."

Farris, the senior outfielder, hit a blooper to right field that landed just inside the foul line and scored both Harper and Streater, securing the win.

Turner said the Rebels (9-9) are playing great baseball in what he calls, "a new season."

"We played close to flawless defense," Turner said. "The tough early schedule is paying off in my opinion."

The Rebels will travel to Benton today in the final two and possibly three games of the season. Turner said it starts with pitching, and he will likely throw Harper or junior Payton Neal in the second game.

"We have to have the pitching," Turner said. "Our pitching has improved so much; that's been one of our strong points. We also have to score runs."

Streater finished the game 2 for 3 with two singles. Payton Neal finished the game 1 for 4 with a double, and Farris was 1 for 4 with a single and two RBIs. Hunter McCorkle had a stellar game going 2 for 3 with two singles.

Streater struck out six batters in seven innings and only allowed one run.
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