SILO – Hunter Stephens made his Rebel debut on Tuesday, holding Rattan in check during a tie game until a sixth-inning mess.
Stephens, a senior who spent last year with the Durant Lions, gave up a pair of singles and a pair of walks and left the bases loaded with Rams for Kendall Shives.
Rattan would put up three runs as Shives hit two batters and gave up a single after a strikeout. A seventh-inning insurance run completed the 7-3 Rattan win over Silo. The Rams (ranked at the top of Class A baseball) move to 4-0, while Silo (No. 3 in Class 2A) fall to 3-1.
“There wasn’t too much good about anything today,” said Silo Coach Billy Jack Bowen. “We couldn’t catch it, pitch it or hit it.”
The injury-depleted Rebels had several subs on the field, which contributed to a few fielding errors. But it wasn’t until the late innings that the weaknesses created trouble.
Throwing errors led to a first inning Rattan score, which was answered by Leonard Sandler’s RBI double to score Andrew Bolin. The Rams got two more in the third, and once again Silo was able to keep pace.
Bolin singled and stole his way to third – nearly getting picked off in a botched run-down by Rattan – before coming home on a Kyle Tate sac fly. A double for K.C. Walls earned him an RBI when Sandler scored after reaching base on a fielder’s choice.
The game remained tied 3-3 until the sixth inning, when the Rams scored three runs with two outs on a series of hit batters and a single. Lance House belted the first pitch from Rattan reliever Blake Watts for a single, but was unable to get to home plate.
Silo could bounce back big this week with a Thursday trip to 5-1 Caddo (No. 4 in Class A) and a Friday home game against Class 2A’s second-ranked Latta Panthers.