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SUGHED: Rebels win home opener to stay unbeaten

ADAMS — The Southland baseball team survived a wild first few innings and beat Wabasha-Kellogg 8-6 on Monday in the home opener.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning of this Three Rivers Conference non-divisional game. Then, the run production really picked up in a marathon second inning.

The visiting W-K Falcons took advantage of some early wildness on the part of Rebels starting pitcher Cody Kirkpatrick and scored five runs in the top of the second inning. Kirkpatrick issued six walks in his first mound start of the season.

Still, the Rebels starter was able to weather the storm and go four innings to get the win. The Rebels offense answered with six runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good. Brian Voigt relieved Kirkpatrick in the fifth and pitched three innings for his second save of the season.

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"It was his first time on the mound and Cody struggled early, but he hung in there and we gave him some run support," Rebels coach Scott Retterath said. "A game like this was kind of expected so early in the season, and I thought we might play all night after that second inning. When we got the lead back, then Cody settled down and wound up with four strikeouts."

The Rebels had a total of eight hits on the day and half of them came in the six-run second inning. W-K pitcher Jared Nihart also had some early control problems and the Southland hitters made him pay. The Rebels had four hits to go along with two walks in the second inning rally.

After the Rebels scored four runs and cut their deficit to 6-5, Jake Chapek delivered the decisive blow. Chapek hit a two-run home run to cap off the rally in the second, and put the Rebels on top to stay. The offense added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as the Rebels stayed unbeaten on the season.

"We started playing better defense as the game went on, and our pitchers shut them down over the last five innings," coach Retterath said. "We hit the ball hard the whole game, but a lot of those shots were right at their guys. They’re a good team and I look for them to be back in the section.

"Our field was a little wet, but I worked on it for a couple of hours on Sunday and got things dried out. That was the first time on our home field. It’s good to get outside and play baseball, even better when you can win."

Voigt made sure the Rebels achieved another win with three scoreless innings of relief. He didn’t allow a hit, walked one, and struck our four in his relief stint. Voigt hasn’t allowed a hit nor a run in five innings of relief work so far this season.

Southland (2-0) travels to Eyota this afternoon for a game against the Dover-Eyota Eagles.

Southland 8, Wab.-Kellogg 6

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Wab.-Kellogg 150 000 0 — 6 6 3

Southland 160 001 x — 8 8 2

Wabasha-Kellogg: Kyle Sill 2-4, 2B, RBI; Craig Loechler 1-3, 2B, run, RBI. LP: Jared Nihart 6 IP, 8 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K.

Southland: Brian Voigt 1-4, 2B, run, 2 RBI; Cody Kirkpatrick 2-3, run, RBI; Jake Chapek 2-2, HR, run, 3 RBI; Nate Oxley 1-1, run; Winston Smith 1-2, run; Mitch Schroeder 1-3, run, RBI. WP: Cody Kirkpatrick 4 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 6 BB, 4 K; SV: Brian Voigt 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K.

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