Silo crushes Dale for 2A state championship


Rebels notch 20-2 romp to 13th title

By Kevin Farr - kfarr@durantdemocrat.com



The 2017 state champion Silo Rebels pose with their state championship banner and trophy after dismantling Dale, 20-2, on Saturday afternoon in Shawnee. The baseball state title is the 13th in school history for the Rebels.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Silo second baseman Joyal Savage fires to first to turn a double play despite a collision with the Dale base runner in the third inning of Saturday’s state championship contest.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Freshman Carson Atwood came on in relief for the Rebels on Saturday to twirl three innings of no-hit scoreless ball and pick up the mound victory as Silo rallied for 20 unanswered run in the Class 2A title game.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen makes a point to Rebels Joyal Savage (left), Hunter Ratcliffe and Korben Ford (right) during a Dale pitching change at Saturday’s Class 2A championship game. The Rebels won the title with a 20-2 romp.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Kash Walls is mobbed while celebrating with Rebel teammates after scoring a run during a wild three-inning offensive blitz by Silo. Walls posted three hits as Silo erased an early 2-0 deficit with 20 unanswered runs to win the Class 2A state championship over Dale, 20-2.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

SHAWNEE – Anyone that has watched the Silo Rebels this spring could tell you it’s really just a matter of time before they explode offensively.

For the first 15 innings of the Class 2A state tournament it was the Rebel pitching and defense that carried the day as the scoring was sporadic at best.

Once the bats came to life in the second inning on Saturday afternoon the Rebels showed just how dynamic they could be.

Silo erupted for 20 runs in three stanzas to erase a 2-0 deficit and smash fifth-ranked Dale, 20-2, for the school’s 13th baseball state championship.

The Rebels finished with 16 hits in the three-inning battering of a total of five Pirate hurlers that couldn’t slow the avalanche of offense once it busted through.

“We felt like we could hit the ball and we hit it pretty good the first two days of the tournament but a lot were right at people,” Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen commented. “We kept thinking we would bust loose eventually and we finally did. It doesn’t surprise me that we got it rolling because we are capable of putting the ball in play and scoring a lot of runs. You just don’t expect to score runs like that once you get to this stage. It was a good day and the balls finally starting finding holes.”

Things started much like the opening two rounds of the tournament for the Rebels as they were retired in order in the first inning.

Dale jumped out in front in the second frame, plating a pair of runs with three hits and an error off Silo southpaw Dylan Turner to claim a 2-0 edge.

Kash Walls started the bottom of the frame with a sharp single for the Rebels’ first hit of the contest and that seemed to only ignite a monstrous flurry.

Carson Atwood, Trevor Dailey and Parker Holland all added hits before a Dale error and back-to-back RBI walks to Joyal Savage and Hunter Ratcliffe knocked out Pirate starting hurler Blake McQuain. The Pirate relief corps weren’t any better however.

Walls coaxed another bases loaded walk and Braeden Wright cleared the bases completely with a three-run double to left. Dailey chipped in another RBI hit as a total of 15 Rebel batters came to the plate during the nine-run uprising.

Dale opened the third with two straight hits of its own when Bowen decided to go to Atwood on the mound and the righthanded freshman completely silenced the Pirates. He allowed just a walk over three innings, retiring nine straight to finish it for the mound triumph.

The Rebel bats were far from finished as they pushed across four more runs in the third with Korben Ford and Savage setting the table with singles as Walls and Atwood chipped in RBI hits while Dailey contributed a two-run double.

A seven-run fourth inning finished off the barrage in style for the state champs.

Ratcliffe’s three-run double was the biggest blow with Walls, Atwood, Dailey and Holland all stringing together hits.

Dailey led the offensive onslaught with four hits for Silo. Walls and Atwood added three apiece, Holland had two hits with Wright, Ford, Savage and Ratcliffe finishing with one each.

“It just never gets old,” Bowen said of the state championship. “We’ve got a lot of great young players with a terrific group of seniors that have provided great leadership. It’s really special to see a group like this come through. These seniors have meant an awful lot to us.

“We’ve got two freshmen and two sophomores starting on the infield and they understood how special it was. They played with a sense of urgency because can’t ever count on tomorrow. They may never play on a team this good again.”

Contact Kevin Farr at 580-634-2161 or kfarr@durantdemocrat.com

The 2017 state champion Silo Rebels pose with their state championship banner and trophy after dismantling Dale, 20-2, on Saturday afternoon in Shawnee. The baseball state title is the 13th in school history for the Rebels.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_3278.jpgThe 2017 state champion Silo Rebels pose with their state championship banner and trophy after dismantling Dale, 20-2, on Saturday afternoon in Shawnee. The baseball state title is the 13th in school history for the Rebels. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Silo second baseman Joyal Savage fires to first to turn a double play despite a collision with the Dale base runner in the third inning of Saturday’s state championship contest.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_3215.jpgSilo second baseman Joyal Savage fires to first to turn a double play despite a collision with the Dale base runner in the third inning of Saturday’s state championship contest. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Freshman Carson Atwood came on in relief for the Rebels on Saturday to twirl three innings of no-hit scoreless ball and pick up the mound victory as Silo rallied for 20 unanswered run in the Class 2A title game.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_3229.jpgFreshman Carson Atwood came on in relief for the Rebels on Saturday to twirl three innings of no-hit scoreless ball and pick up the mound victory as Silo rallied for 20 unanswered run in the Class 2A title game. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen makes a point to Rebels Joyal Savage (left), Hunter Ratcliffe and Korben Ford (right) during a Dale pitching change at Saturday’s Class 2A championship game. The Rebels won the title with a 20-2 romp.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_3201.jpgSilo head coach Billy Jack Bowen makes a point to Rebels Joyal Savage (left), Hunter Ratcliffe and Korben Ford (right) during a Dale pitching change at Saturday’s Class 2A championship game. The Rebels won the title with a 20-2 romp. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Kash Walls is mobbed while celebrating with Rebel teammates after scoring a run during a wild three-inning offensive blitz by Silo. Walls posted three hits as Silo erased an early 2-0 deficit with 20 unanswered runs to win the Class 2A state championship over Dale, 20-2.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_3212.jpgKash Walls is mobbed while celebrating with Rebel teammates after scoring a run during a wild three-inning offensive blitz by Silo. Walls posted three hits as Silo erased an early 2-0 deficit with 20 unanswered runs to win the Class 2A state championship over Dale, 20-2. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat
Rebels notch 20-2 romp to 13th title

By Kevin Farr

kfarr@durantdemocrat.com

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