SHAWNEE – Anyone that has watched the Silo Rebels this spring could tell you it’s really just a matter of time before they explode offensively.
For the first 15 innings of the Class 2A state tournament it was the Rebel pitching and defense that carried the day as the scoring was sporadic at best.
Once the bats came to life in the second inning on Saturday afternoon the Rebels showed just how dynamic they could be.
Silo erupted for 20 runs in three stanzas to erase a 2-0 deficit and smash fifth-ranked Dale, 20-2, for the school’s 13th baseball state championship.
The Rebels finished with 16 hits in the three-inning battering of a total of five Pirate hurlers that couldn’t slow the avalanche of offense once it busted through.
“We felt like we could hit the ball and we hit it pretty good the first two days of the tournament but a lot were right at people,” Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen commented. “We kept thinking we would bust loose eventually and we finally did. It doesn’t surprise me that we got it rolling because we are capable of putting the ball in play and scoring a lot of runs. You just don’t expect to score runs like that once you get to this stage. It was a good day and the balls finally starting finding holes.”
Things started much like the opening two rounds of the tournament for the Rebels as they were retired in order in the first inning.
Dale jumped out in front in the second frame, plating a pair of runs with three hits and an error off Silo southpaw Dylan Turner to claim a 2-0 edge.
Kash Walls started the bottom of the frame with a sharp single for the Rebels’ first hit of the contest and that seemed to only ignite a monstrous flurry.
Carson Atwood, Trevor Dailey and Parker Holland all added hits before a Dale error and back-to-back RBI walks to Joyal Savage and Hunter Ratcliffe knocked out Pirate starting hurler Blake McQuain. The Pirate relief corps weren’t any better however.
Walls coaxed another bases loaded walk and Braeden Wright cleared the bases completely with a three-run double to left. Dailey chipped in another RBI hit as a total of 15 Rebel batters came to the plate during the nine-run uprising.
Dale opened the third with two straight hits of its own when Bowen decided to go to Atwood on the mound and the righthanded freshman completely silenced the Pirates. He allowed just a walk over three innings, retiring nine straight to finish it for the mound triumph.
The Rebel bats were far from finished as they pushed across four more runs in the third with Korben Ford and Savage setting the table with singles as Walls and Atwood chipped in RBI hits while Dailey contributed a two-run double.
A seven-run fourth inning finished off the barrage in style for the state champs.
Ratcliffe’s three-run double was the biggest blow with Walls, Atwood, Dailey and Holland all stringing together hits.
Dailey led the offensive onslaught with four hits for Silo. Walls and Atwood added three apiece, Holland had two hits with Wright, Ford, Savage and Ratcliffe finishing with one each.
“It just never gets old,” Bowen said of the state championship. “We’ve got a lot of great young players with a terrific group of seniors that have provided great leadership. It’s really special to see a group like this come through. These seniors have meant an awful lot to us.
“We’ve got two freshmen and two sophomores starting on the infield and they understood how special it was. They played with a sense of urgency because can’t ever count on tomorrow. They may never play on a team this good again.”
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