SILO - The Rebels are flexing their top-ranked muscles heading into the post-season stretch, riding a pair of victories over regional opponents who are also in the top five in Class 2A baseball.
On Tuesday, Silo watched a 6-0 lead nearly disappear but held on for a 6-5 win over No. 3 Tushka. On Thursday, the Rebels chained the Calera Bulldogs 8-1.
They have now defeated all three local opponents (including Colbert) who appear in the top 10 with them among Class 2A baseball teams. The Rebels (24-1) visit Lone Grove (with Marlow) on Saturday and host Hugo on Monday to close out the regular season.
“Our schedule is still good for us and these guys are doing a great job,” said Silo Coach Billy Jack Bowen.
In the Tuesday win over Tushka, Trenton Long got the start and Andrew Bolin provided relief on the mound. Leonard Sandler was 2-for-4 with a double and Jarris Hamilton went 3-for-3 with his bat. A total of eight Rebels recorded at least a single.
“We had a lot of guys contribute,” Bowen said. “But we had a 6-0 lead and kind of coasted in. Tushka is good, they’re No. 3 for a reason.”
On Thursday, House pitched a complete seven-inning game with 15 strikeouts, allowing just one earned run on three hits.
“He does that for us,” Bowen said. “When he throws strikes, he’s pretty good. He’s throwing better for us this spring. It’s his senior year, so he’s stepping it up.”
Calera struck first when Conner Hamilton scored on Shawn Harper’s RBI. Harper pitched for the Bulldogs, but Silo got two in the first and three in the second to set the tone. Silo gritted out hits and capitalized on errors to take a 7-1 lead after four.
In the sixth, Sandler blasted a solo shot over the Marco’s Pizza sponsor sign in right center for the 8-1 final. He was 3-4 with two RBIs.
Andrew Bolin and Hamilton also had two RBIs each, while Lucas Long had a double, RBI and scored a run. Tanner Hearon scored twice.
Silo has drawn a bye for next week’s district playoffs, while Calera (21-4) will host Wynnewood for a pair of games starting at 4:30 p.m. next Thursday. The Bulldogs will close the regular season with road games against Rattan today and Krum (Texas) on Monday.