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Koesters propels Rebels to win in 1-AA opener

May 3rd, 2014 9:50 pm by Pat Kenney

Koesters propels Rebels to win in 1-AA opener

KINGSPORT — It was another day at the office for Sullivan South's Russell Koesters in the Rebels' opening game of the District 1-AA baseball tournament at Dobyns-Bennett on Saturday.

Koesters (7-1) struck out five and scattered seven hits on the mound and blasted a two-run homer at the plate for top-seeded South, which cruised past Elizabethton 8-2.

Koesters finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs.

"He's a pitcher who wants the ball in his hands," said South coach Anthony Richardson. "A great kid and a great competitor. He put us in a position for a good start in the tournament."

Happy Valley scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10th inning to eliminate Sullivan North 8-7, and in the nightcap, a perfectly executed squeeze play in the bottom of the sixth by Unicoi County propelled the Blue Devils to a 3-2 win over Sullivan East.

Unicoi County will take on South at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in a winners' bracket showdown. The Cyclones dropped into the losers' bracket to face an elimination game Sunday against the winner of the Johnson County and Happy Valley matchup.

For an expanded version of this story, see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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