Struggles in finding rhythm against stout San Antonio Reagan Rattler pitching brought the Hays Rebels’ 2017 campaign to a close in a two-game sweep in the bidistrict round of the playoffs last week.
Reagan began by defeating Hays 7-1 Friday, aided by the arm of Cal Carver who threw five strikeouts and walked only five in a complete game, three-hit effort.
Hays, however, gained the upper hand by taking a 1-0 lead after two and a half innings.
Reagan took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning by scoring five runs. The Rattlers padded their total with two additional runs in the bottom of he fourth to take a commanding 7-1 advantage.
Fielding errors played a major role in Hays’ struggles as the Rebels committed four errors in the first game of the series. Hays committed ten combined errors in the two game series.
The Rattlers needed only four runs in the top of the second inning to gain the upper hand against the Rebels. All four of Reagan’s runs were unearned as a result of a pair of Rebel throwing errors.
Hays was unable to find success off of Reagan pitcher Joshua Buske, who gave up six hits and struck out six batters in a complete game, shutout effort.
Rebel pitcher Weston Wolf went 6.2 innings Saturday and threw five strikeouts in his outing.