HSBSB: Fifth-inning outburst powers Rebels past JPII for first win

Thomas Heyward baseball erupted for 11 runs in the fifth to break open a tight game and run-rule John Paul II 16-6 at home on Wednesday for the Rebels’ first win of the season. 

JPII grabbed an early 4-2 lead in the third inning with RBI tallies from Hayden Jennings, Rance Jennings, and Christian Tilton before Heyward plated a pair in the bottom half to knot it at 4. The Golden Warriors surged ahead 6-4 in the fourth with a clutch two-out double by Landry Donoth, but the visitors ran out of steam late, surrendering 12 unanswered Thomas Heyward runs including 11 in the fifth to end the game. 

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John Hewlett paced a flaming-hot Rebel offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs including a pair of knocks in the decisive fifth. Carter Zareva collected two hits for Heyward, and Peyton Bennett  drove in three runs capped off by a line-drive two-RBI single in the final frame. 

Nick Wise held the Golden Warriors off the board to spark the big offensive push, throwing 1 ⅔ innings of scoreless ball while allowing just one hit.

Hayden Jennings continued his stellar start for John Paul II, going 2-for-3 and picking up an RBI. 

Thomas Heyward (1-3, 1-1) travels to Memorial Day on Tuesday.

John Paul II (1-2, 1-1) hosts Hilton Head Christian on March 11.

By Wes Kerr

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