Central Private Opens Baseball Season

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The Central Private Rebels began the 2010 baseball season by participating in the Bowling Green Invitational Tournament with 3 games in Franklitnton, LA on Tuesday and Thursday, February 16 and 18.  A double header was the way the Rebels spent Mardi Gras day.  They were able to gain a split of the double header after falling to Parklane Academy and defeating the Yellow Jackets of Oak Forest.
    Steven O’Bryant drew the season opener on the mound for the Rebels and threw three strong innings. O’Bryant also opened the scoring for the Rebels in the bottom of the first inning after reaching on a lead off walk.  He scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Jason Young.  The Rebels were able to hold onto the one run lead until the top of the third inniing when Parklane was able to push three runs across the plate.  The Eagles were able to put together 3 hits in the inning with the big hit being a double by Ben Canady.  Parklane was able to put three consecutive hits together in the fourth inninig off reliever Kerry Burns and scored one run on a hit by Alex  Price that scored Nathan Taylor.  Ryan Young scored the final run of the game for the Rebels after singling to start the inning and being chased home with a sacrifice fly by Hunter Fontleroy.  The loss left the Rebels at 0-1 on the season.
A dominating mound performance by Tyler Brown led the Rebels in a 4-0 shut out of the Oak Forest Yellow Jackets.  Brown struck out five OF batters in three innings.  CPS broke a scoreless tie in the third inning on a wild pitch that plated two rebels, Brennan Fucich and Steven O’Bryant.  Jason Young would score for the Rebels after doubling in the fourth and Joey Harris finished the scoring in the fifth.  Seth Stevens picked up the save for the Rebels blanking the Jackets in the last two innings.  Stevens struck out two in the last two innings.
Stephen Tate continued the pitching dominance for the Rebels as the Rebels recorded their second consecutive shut out this time blanking the Buccanneers by a score of 8-0.  Tate struck out two in three innings and Jason Young threw one shut out inning for Central Private.  The Rebels were able to score 6 runs in the opening frame after drawing six walks and a 2 rbi single by Joey Harris.  The Rebels plated wwo more in the second on a double by Seth Stevens.  Steven O’Bryant also scored after a base on balls.  The win put Central Private at 2-1 on the season.
Central Private vs Baton Rouge Patriots
Three pitchers combined to allow one run as the Central Private Rebels defeated the Patriots by a 5-1 score in the opening game of the Rebel Invitational.  Jason Young started and redorded 4 consecutive outs before having to leave the ball game after taking a line drive off of the shoulder.  Stephen Tate picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the season as allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings.  Tate struck out two in the effort.  Ryan Young earned the save as he blanked the Patriots over the final two innings as he struck out three.  Steven O’Bryant opened the scoring in the second inning after a single and two stolen bases, he scored on an rbi ground out by Tate.  Hunter Fontleroy had an rbi single in the third that scord Ryan Young who reached on a walk in the third.  Ryan Young scored again in the fifth as O’Bryant gained the rbi after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  Brennan Fucich executed a perfect hit and run that scored Trevor Shepard who reached base on a bunt single and then stole second.  Fucich would later score to make the final 5-1.
Bowling Green vs Central Private
Sophomore Brennan Fucich was red hot on the mound on a cool Tuesday night at Rebel Field.  Fucich pitched four innings in his initial appearance on the hill for the Rebels.  Fucich struck out five while walking two and allowing one run.  Kerry Burns got his first save on the year pitching a scoreless fifth inning and striking out two Buccaneers.  The Rebels were able to score one run in the second inning and two more in the fourth for the 3-1 victory.  Ryan Young was the leading hitter for the Rebels with 2 doubles and scoring a run.  Fucich and Steven Smith rounded out the scoring for the Rebels after getting on base vis the base on balls. They scored on the double by Young.  The Rebels are now 4-1 on the season and have two big ball games at home on the 25th and 26th, facing Copiah and Parklane Academy.

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