By: Jim Steele
McKenzie 8, West Carroll 0
The Rebels followed up on their 13-0 District 13A opening round tournament victory over Clarksburg by defeating West Carroll 8-0 Friday at Huntingdon.
McKenzie scored three in the first to take control of things and tacked on five more in the final three innings. Thomas Stallion doubled and drove in two runs for the Rebs. Austin Travis had two hits and an RBI while Bransen McCaleb had two hits and two RBI. Colton Johnson had the lone hit for West Carroll.
Zach Jarrett worked five innings and struck out 11 to collect the victory. Stallion worked two innings of relief striking out two. Devin Stafford and Johnson pitched for the War Eagles.
McKenzie 17-10, Big Sandy 0-0
McKenzie swept a twinbill over District 13A foe Big Sandy. Bransen McCaleb had a double and two RBI in the 10-0 victory. Austin Travis was 2-2 as the Rebels scored eight runs in the first inning. McCaleb worked a three-inning no-hitter, striking out three.
In the 17-0 victory, Brandon Baucum, Michael Floyd and Austin Travis each doubled. Zach Jarrett worked two hitless innings and struck out five for the victory.
McKenzie takes pair from Dresden
McKenzie captured a pair of pivotal District 13A victories over Dresden Wednesday.
The Rebels won both ends of the twinbill by 6-2 margins. In the nightcap, McKenzie pitching combined for 14 strikeouts in the victory. Winning pitcher Brandon Baucum struck out 10 while reliever Zach Jarrett fanned four. Baucum issued three hits and two walks.
Dresden jumped to a 1-0 lead, but the Rebels rallied for four in the top of the second and tacked on insurances runs in the fourth and fifth. Baucum helped himself out with a 3-5 day, an RBI. Stuart Spring doubled and drove in a run. Nathan Eaton also doubled. Gavin Baucum, Austin Travis drove in a run while Hunter Stafford singled and drove in a run. Michael Floyd went 2-4.
Quincy McDonald, Dylan Yates and Dresser Winn each had hits for the Lions. Austin Thomas was saddled with the loss. He allowed five runs on four hits, walking eight and striking out four.
In the opener, Chase Daffron struck out 13 Dresden batters, allowed four hits and walked four to earn the victory for the Rebels. He topped Dresden's ace Winn. He struck out nine, gave up seven hits and walked four.
McKenzie's Floyd doubled, homered and drove in four runs. Dresden led 2-0 for most of the game when the Rebels tacked on two in the bottom of the sixth and exploded for four in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
Baucum had the hot bat, going 3-3 with an RBI. Hunter Stafford doubled. Spring singled and drove in a run. Thomas Stallion and Bransen McCaleb each had singles.
Winn was 2-3 with a pair of RBI. Thomas and Lewellen each had singles.
Gibson County 6, McKenzie 3
Cameron Rawls doubled while Brandon Baucum and Stuart Spring each singled. Gavin Baucum had an RBI, but the host Pioneers earned a measure of revenge for McKenzie's mid-season triumph. Austin Adkins was the winning pitcher for GC. He also doubled.
Spring and Nathan Eaton each pitched for the Rebels.
McKenzie 4, Gibson County 1
McKenzie scored four runs in the third inning and made it stand up in a 4-1 victory over regional foe Gibson County last Thursday.
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead in third only to watch the Rebels rally for the four spot in the bottom half to take the victory. It was a soggy week for the Rebels as most of their games were either cancelled or postponed because of monsoon-like weather last week.
The Rebels scored four runs on five hits and committed two errors. Gibson County pitcher Mac Hicks scattered the five Rebel hits, but Thomas Stallion made him pay with a double and three RBI. Brandon Baucum went 1-3 and drove in the other Rebel run.
Austin Travis doubled while Hunter Stafford and Michael Floyd each singled to lead the Rebels.
Sam McKinney was 2-3 to lead the Pioneer attack. Hicks was 1-4 with a double. Tyner Hughes, Adam Atkins and Will Cantrell had hits for Gibson County.
Baucum worked 6 1/3 for the Rebels, distributing six hits, walking two and striking out three. He was the winning pitcher. Zach Jarrett worked two-thirds of an inning. Hicks struck out six and walked two in a losing effort.
Rebels go 5-1 on the week
There were shutouts, big offensive outings, even a no hitter as the McKenzie Rebel baseball team went on a tear this week.
Saturday, McKenzie defeated Frontier (Ind.) 10-0 in a five-inning affair. Chase Daffron fired a one-hitter and struck out 10 to earn the victory. Cameron Rawls led the Rebel offense was a 2-2 day, scoring three runs and driving in three as well. Brandon Baucum was 2-4 with an RBI. Austin Travis had a pair of hits. Thomas Stallion had a hit and two RBI. Hunter Stafford and Michael Floyd each had a hit. Bransen McCalen had two RBI. Jake Mikesell had the lone hit for Frontier.
Friday, McKenzie pounded Ballard Memorial (Ky.) 21-2. Baucum was 4-5 with two doubles and three RBI to pace the Rebel bats. Travis was 3-4 with two RBI. Stallion had a hit and five RBI. Hunter Stafford was 2-2 with three RBI. McCaleb was 1-1 with two RBI. Gavin Baucum and Floyd were each 1-3 with an RBI. Rawls had two RBI and Josh McCutcheon drove in a run. Zach Drummond led Ballard with two hits and three RBI.
Nathan Eaton was the winning pitcher, working five innings, allowing five hits. one walk while striking out three.
Thursday, the Rebs edged Frontier 4-2. The Rebels jumped to a 4-0 lead through four. Frontier rallied for two in the sixth, but thats as close as it got. Stuart Spring struck out eight and allowed two hits to get the victory. Travis led the Rebel attack with two hits and two RBI. Brandon Baucum was 1-4, Gavin Baucum was 1-2, Stallion was 1-2. Brooke Sailors and Mikesell each had hits for Frontier.
Also on Thursday, Gibson County's Sam McKinney was just too tough. He struck out eight and allowed just one McKenzie hit in a a 2-0 victory. Hunter Stafford had the lone hit for the Rebels. Stephen Overstreet had a pair of hits for the Pioneer.
Tuesday, McKenzie blanked host West Carroll 6-0 in a District 13A battle. Brandon Baucum struck out 10 and scattered four hits to secure the win for the Rebels. Spring was 2-4 with and RBI. Eaton had a pair of singles. Brandon Baucum was 1-3. Travis, McCutcheon and McCaleb each singled and had RBI. Stallion and Floyd each drove in runs. Patrick Becker, Chase Nash, Johnson, Noah Brasher and Carter Deer each had hits for the War Eagles.
Monday, Daffron threw blanks at Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central as he earned a no-hitter in the Rebels' 7-0 victory. Daffron struck out 10 and walked one. Offensively, Spring doubled in three Rebel runs. Brandon Baucum doubled, Stafford singled, doubled and drove in a run. Stallion doubled in two runs. Gavin Baucum was 2-2. C.J. Noles reached on an error for the Tigers. Donald was hit by a pitch and Davis reached on a walk. All three runners were stranded.
Rebel sluggers top Camden 6-3
McKenzie senior Brandon Baucum went 2-3 with and RBI and earned the victory on the hill as the host Rebels defeated Camden 6-3 Thursday.
Baucum followed up his good day at the plate with a six-hit, seven-strikeout effort. He allowed only three walks. The Rebels overturned a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the third when they exploded for four runs. Camden cut the lead to one in the fifth, but the Rebels crossed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to salt the game away.
Austin Travis had two hits, including a triple, and a pair of RBI for McKenzie. Josh McCutchen also tripled. Nathan Eaton doubled and drove in a run. Stuart Spring scored and drove in a run. Michael Floyd was 1-3.
Drake Jenette and David Hensley each had a double and an RBI for the Lions. Seth Hics was 2-4. Austin Stone singled. Hensley was the losing pitcher, working four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five.
Rebel baseball opens 1-1
Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield. That was the case for the McKenzie Rebel baseball game this week.
The Rebels opened the season with a 13-1 loss over a highly-touted Scotts Hill team Wednesday, but brushed the setback off and took down Martin-Westview 11-3 on Thursday. Both games took place at McKenzie City Park.
The Rebels' Brandon Baucum had a big day against the visiting Chargers, cracking a double, a home run and driving in four runs. Bransen McCaleb had a double among his two hits and drove in a pair. Michael Floyd singled and had three RBI.
Winning pitcher Thomas Stallion had two doubles and an RBI. He also walked six, struck out five and allowed six hits in four innings. Austin Travis had a pair of hits. Hunter Stafford singled in a run.
Westview's River Paschal had two hits and two stolen bases. Ethan Parham was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Wednesday against Scotts Hill, regarded by some publications as one of the top teams in West Tennessee, the visiting Lions pounded out 15 hits and silenced Rebel bats.
Stuart Spring had a single and a double to account for two of McKenzie's four hits. Cameron Rawls singled and drove in a run while Baucum singled.
It was a tough day for Baucum on the mound. He worked 2 1/3, walked one, struck out three. He allowed five hits and six runs.
Austin Branham had a single, a homer and drove in four runs for Scotts Hill.