Five-run second inning lifts Rebels over Leslie County
by STEVE LeMASTER
HYDEN -Visiting Allen Central used a five-run offensive outburst in the top half of the second inning to defeat host Leslie County 8-2 Thursday in a high school baseball matchup between non-district/non-region rivals.
With the win, Allen Central improved to 10-6.
Leslie County slipped to 7-6 after dropping the home game.
Allen Central pitcher Tanner Hamilton earned the win. Hamilton pitched five innings and recorded a game-high eight strikeouts for the Rebels.
Leslie County senior hurler Chase Osborne took the loss. Osborne pitched a complete game, registering seven strikeouts in the outing.
Allen Central scored its eight runs on a dozen hits.
Leslie County could only push across two runs after connecting for seven hits. The Eagles experienced some turbulence in the field, committing four errors.
Allen Central, which is under the direction of head coach Chad Hall, broke open a scoreless game by scoring five runs in the second inning. The Rebels added two more runs to lead 7-0 before Leslie County responded offensively.
The Eagles scored one run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Gage Parsons and Kane Taylor led a balanced Allen Central offense with three hits apiece. Parsons had three RBIs for the Rebels.
Dillon Lawson pitched out of a relief role for the Allen Central baseball team. Lawson worked the last two innings for the Rebels.
Osborne, helping his cause at the plate, led Leslie County with three hits and one RBI for the Eagles.
Allen Central and Leslie County are not slated to meet again this season.
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