HS BSB: Rebels score 27 but settle for split in wild DH

Thomas Heyward split an action-packed doubleheader with St. Andrew’s on Friday, falling to the Lions in the first contest 16-7 before exploding offensively in a 20-12 victory in the rematch. 

St. Andrew’s found its groove early in game one, scoring 16 straight runs capped off by a seven-run fifth to take the commanding lead. The Rebels got going with seven of their own in the bottom half, but they couldn’t complete the unthinkable comeback in the five-inning game. 

Thomas Heyward kept its newfound momentum going into the second contest, opening up a 4-1 first-inning lead thanks to a Jeremy Clemmer triple. The Lions struck back with seven in the top of the second to go up 8-4, but the Rebels got right back up, scoring four runs on RBI singles from Clemmer, Dylan Boyles, and Carter Zareva to tie it at 8. 

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St. Andrew’s took the lead again with four in the fourth, but the Rebels laid down the hammer with a 12-spot in the home half to snatch the high-scoring affair. 

Boyles led the Rebels, going 6-for-7 in the series with four runs driven in while holding the Lions to no earned runs in two innings of relief on the mound. Ayden Lassiter was 6-for-8 in the series with two RBIs, and Zareva collected three hits while plating three in the game two win. 

Peyton Bennett shut the door to finish off the victory, throwing a hitless final inning and picking up a pair of strikeouts. 

Thomas Heyward (7-7, 5-4) travels to Patrick Henry on Tuesday.

By Wes Kerr

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