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Rebels speed to Three Rivers win over Raiders

March 18th, 2014 10:22 pm by Dave Ongie

Rebels speed to Three Rivers win over Raiders

KINGSPORT — Sullivan North's baseball team is still on the inexperienced side, so mistakes are inevitable.

Sullivan South, on the other hand, is a very speedy squad, poised to pounce on any opportunity to snap up an extra base when the opposition leaves the door open.

The Golden Raiders left the door open a few times on Tuesday and the Rebels took full advantage, sprinting to a 14-4 road win in Three Rivers Conference play.

"That's our biggest asset," South coach Anthony Richardson said of his team's speed. "But you can't steal first, so we've got to find ways to get on there and take advantage of mistakes. Once we get on, we can put some pressure on people."

It started at the top of the order with the aptly named Chase Fields, who smacked a pair of two-run doubles, scored three times and stole a base for the Rebels.

"He can run," Richardson said of Fields. "He looked pretty bad at the plate early, but hopefully that got him going tonight."

Dalton Light, who batted second, also drove in four runs and scored once. Blake Christian doubled twice, scored three times and had an RBI.

Things got tense for the Rebels in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Raiders scored four runs to cut South's lead to 7-4. Jonathan Greene and Sam Williams each had a two-run single in the frame.

"These kids fight," North coach Steve Dixon said. "I really, really like this baseball team. Before it's over with, we're going to have to be dealt with."

Brett Ball came on in relief of Cooper Jackson with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and ended the threat. South put up seven runs in the top of the seventh to erase all doubt, and Ball threw a perfect bottom half of the inning to seal the deal.

Jackson picked up the win after retiring 11 Raiders in a row at one point. Williams took the loss for North.

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