Wednesday June 29 @ Anniversary Park
The Ryley Rebels were able to collect four much needed points versus the Armena Royals in a mid-season home and home series. The story of the two games has seen the focus shift from the two wins to the fact that the Rebels only had 8 players for both games but were able to get the job done.
In game one, RHP Craig Koughan (3-2) went to the mound to collect the victory throwing a one hit gem in his 5.00 innings of work before giving way to closer RHP Curt Stensrud. In Stensrud's 2.00 innings he only faced 7 batters, but after his truck was hit with a foul ball recorded all five remaining outs via the strikeout.
In game two, RHP Kris Kushnerick (2-0) took the hill and was effective in getting the Royals to record 12 of 14 outs on balls in play on grounders. Once again with only a LF/CF and a RF/CF the Royals were unable to capitialize with the open real estate collecting only 3 hits (one of which was a 2 run home run by the Royals first baseman).
The Rebels offence collected a total of 8 hits in game one and only 5 in game two along with 7 walks from Royals starter Kyle Ellis. The offence was lead by 2011 PBL All-Star Corey Epp who collected a total of 5 stolen bases and along with 2B Brian Tavaroli, collected a total of 4 runs scored over the two games.
Joey Auto, who has not suited up with the Rebels since the early 2000's, has gone 0-6 in his latest slump, stranded a total of 8 Rebels runners since last Thursday.
The Rebels will hope to have a full squad out versus the Holden Blue Jays on Thursday night in Ryley as the two teams are locked in a 4 team battle for anywhere from second place to fifth place as the PBL season is on the home stretch.