CHAPIN — On Monday night, Mid-Carolina High School opened its 2013 baseball campaign with a 5-1 win over the Chapin Eagles.
The Rebels received an outstanding pitching performance from senior lefthander, Hunter Hill and played outstanding defense in the win.
Hill threw a complete game, scattering four hits and one run while striking out 10, walking none, and hitting one batter.
After recording the first out in the bottom of the first, Hill surrendered a double to Chapin’s Brandon White, and Matt Charpia followed up with a single to create a first and third situation with one out.
White scored when catcher, Duncan Crotwell, attempted to throw out Charpia at second on a straight steal.
Hill left Charpia stranded at third, and the Eagles took a 1-0 lead.
The Rebels got on the board in the top of the fifth. Hunter Hill led off the inning with a single and promptly stole second base. Crotwell sacrificed him to third. Hill scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at one.
Mid-Carolina added three more runs in the top of the sixth. A misplayed ball off the bat of Ryan Stoudemire started the inning. Kendall Kinard doubled to give the Rebels a second and third situation with no outs. Hill once again came up big with a single through the drawn in infield putting the Rebels ahead 2-1. Crotwell singled to score Kinard, and Matthew Hawkins laid down a squeeze bunt to score Hill to make the score 4-1.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the top of the seventh after a Danton Hyman single and stolen base. Ryan Stoudemire singled to score Hyman, making the final score 5-1.
Offensively, the Rebels were led by Danton Hyman with three hits followed by Stoudemire, Hill, and Crotwell with two hits apiece.
The Rebels play their home opener on Thursday against Airport at 7 p.m. and travel to Ninety Six on Friday for a JV/varsity doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m..
In JV action, the Eagles defeated the Rebels 4-1.