Rebels survive a first round scare

Published 10:44 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Southland baseball team survived a scare from No. 8 seeded Lyle/Pacelli (6-11 overall) in a 5-2 win in the first round of the Section 1A West Division baseball tournament in Adams Tuesday.

Southland’s No. 9 hitter Lee Klockner came up big as he knocked in two runs with a double in the fifth and he drove in two more runs with a single in the sixth.

“Before the game I told them that we have a great opportunity here again tonight to knock off another team and we had them on the edge of their seats pretty much through the whole game,” L/P head coach Dan Zielke said. “We showed that we came to play and we weren’t going to let them just have it. We’ve got a lot to look forward to in the future and we’ll be a competitive team here next year.”

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L/P eighth grader Jonah Rohne held the top-seeded Rebels (16-5 overall) to just six hits and he struck out five.

“It’s hard to give a loss to Jonah tonight,” Zielke said. “He really did a nice job of mixing up his pitches and keeping his composure.”

Southland will host No. 4 Kenyon/Wanamingo (13-8 overall) Thursday at 5 p.m.

Southland pitching: Tom Sheely (W), 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 R, 8 K, HBP

Southland hitting: Lee Kloeckner, 2-for-3, 4 RBIs

L/P pitching: Jona Rohne (L), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 ER , 5 K

L/P hitting: Kyle Meyer, 1-for-3, R; Rohne, 0-for-2, BB; Skylar Meyer, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, R; Carter Guthmiller, 2-for-3; Jordan Hart, 0-for-2, HBP