By Spencer Spilman
The Hays Rebels fell down early Friday night to the Bowie Bulldogs and were never able to battle back as they got blown out 11-4.
The Bulldogs came out fast in the first inning of the game. After a leadoff single and a four pitch walk, Joe Davis hit a towering homerun to left center to take a quick 3-0 lead. On the ensuing at bat, Bowie’s Kyle Gray swung at the second pitch and took it over the tall center field wall for back-to-back homeruns.
Hays trailed 4-0 before even stepping to the plate.
The Rebels came back and put a run of their own on the scoreboard after Mike Gonzales hit a screaming line drive up the middle off of the pitcher’s hand for an RBI single. But the Rebels were unable to add on to the scoring.
Bowie played small ball in the third inning after it scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt to regain a four run lead.
Hays had its best inning of the game in the bottom of the third after sending seven batters to the plate. Gonzales had another RBI single followed by Tyler Wilson’s RBI single to bring the score to 5-3.
However, it was as close as the Rebels would get the rest of the night.
Trey Dickerson threw 92 pitches for the Rebels and although he struck out five batters, he fell into an early hole that he couldn’t pitch his way out of.
His counterpart, Chris Logan, threw 94 pitches and struck out seven Hays batters in a very impressive performance.
The Bulldogs added to their lead in the top of the fifth when they scored four more runs after the first two batters were retired. Eight batters came to the plate with two outs.
Two runs were walked home and then pinch-hitter Kevin Waterworth came through with a two RBI single to make the score 9-3.
Bowie added one run in the sixth and another in the top of the seventh to make it 11-3 before Hays had its final at bat.
Rebels’ pitcher Dickerson and Coach David Null were visibly upset with some of the inconsistent calls made by the head umpire throughout the game, but the Hays offense really just never got going.
They were able to add a run in their final at-bat thanks to Gonzales’ third RBI single of the game, but the following batter struck out and the game ended 11-4.
The Rebels will be on the road for their next two games and will be back home on April 10th against Del Valle.