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HARPERSVILLE—The Coosa Valley Rebels used an assortment of pitchers and a spirited performance by their lineup at the plate to sweep a doubleheader against the Eastwood Warriors Saturday in the first round of the AISA playoffs.
The Rebels had an offensive outburst in the bottom of the fourth to carry them to a 10-2 win in the first game.
The team faced an early deficit following a home run in the top of the first inning by Elijah Owen.
But it was to be short-lived for Eastwood. The Rebels answered in the bottom half of the inning. Michael Mims led off with a double down the third base line and into left field. Mims advanced to third base during a groundout by Niko Teofilo. Mims came around to score on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1.
The Rebels gained their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Zack Spratlin reached second base on a fly ball to right field that was dropped. Logan Guy hit a ground ball to shortstop, but the throw sailed into right field, allowing Spratlin to score and make it 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Rebels added four runs. Guy was hit by a pitch. Ryan Garrett followed with a single to left field. With two outs, Will Pouncey hit a single through shortstop and into center field to bring in one run. Mims hit a sharp ground ball to third base for an infield single while also scoring pinch runner Blake Gossett to make it 4-1. Teofilo hit a single into right field to score another run. Mims scored from third base during a failed pickoff attempt to give the Rebels a commanding 6-1 lead.
The Rebels added a run in the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Spratlin had a bases-clearing triple, scoring three runs and making it 10-1 in CVA’s favor.
Owen hit another home run in the top of the seventh, this one to straightaway center field. Teofilo, pitching in relief, got Thomas Dismukes to fly out to center field for the final out of the game.
CVA starting pitcher Colton Pate went five innings, allowing one earned run on one hit, one walk and striking out 11 batters to earn the win on the mound.
In the second game, the CVA bats proved to be just as active in the second game, as they put up double digits again in a 12-1 win.
They scored six runs in the first inning alone. Mims drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Teofilo drew a walk and stole second. On the throw to second, the ball went into center field, scoring Mims.
Later, Spratlin hit a single to center field to bring in two runs and give CVA a 3-0 lead. Garrett flew out to left field, but Spratlin tagged from third base for a run. Later, Blake Gossett hit a single to right field to bring in two more runs and increase CVA’s lead to 6-0.
Eastwood put one run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first.
CVA increased their lead to 10-1 in the top of the third. Guy drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball. Garrett hit a sac fly to left field, enabling Guy to tag up and score from third. Walker Holmes drew a walk, Gossett hit a single through the gap between third base and shortstop, and Mims drew a walk to load the bases. Holmes scored on a wild pitch, Gossett scored on a passed ball, and Mims scored on a passed ball before the inning was over.
CVA added two more runs in the seventh inning.
Christian Jants closed out the final two innings for the Rebels, pitching two innings, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks and striking out four batters.
Spratlin earned the win on the mound for three innings of work, allowing three hits, one earned run, no walks and striking out two batters.
With the win, CVA advance to the second round where they are scheduled to play Southern Academy Thursday at 4:30 p.m.