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Despite Hines’ 7 strikeouts, Rebels fall to Taylor County

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By Quincy Burt

Going back to April 4 with a home loss to Madison Southern and including a tough one on the road Monday at Pulaski County, the Diamond Rebs have lost six in a row.
“We have to ring the bell and clock in for work,” coach Brandon Hillard said. “When we decide that we are baseball players daily and not just guys who play baseball, the outcome will be a lot more pleasant.”
It makes it even tougher to stomach a losing streak when just ahead of that April 4 loss, Casey had reeled off three wins in a row.
After dropping the home contest 5-0 to Madison Southern, a home and away double header with Rockcastle added another pair of losses — 15-2 and 7-4 followed by a loss at Russell County, 7-2.
A close, eight-inning loss to Taylor County 10-9 came next and at Pulaski it was a 4-2 loss that extended the streak to six games.
“Our guys put it together at the plate collectively,” said Hillard of the 10-9 loss at Taylor County. “But, too much free baseball by our pitching and defense cost us.”
The free baseball tends to be the issue early in the season for the Rebels. Untimely errors or early lost opportunities at the plate dig holes of which even the hottest of bats or stellar mound performances can’t dig a team out.
“We have got to be baseball players if we want to be winners,” said Hillard. “Eat and sleep it. Until that time arrives, we will be that team that folks say, “Boy, you sure played them tough.” Our kids deserve mire for themselves and so do the fans. We have to build on success and learn from failure. Once that light bulb flashes, we could be a very scary ball club.”
On Monday, the same story took hold for the Rebels. Early mistakes turned into a four-nothing lead for Pulaski by the end of the fourth inning, despite a seven-strikeout night from Brad Hines on the hill.
“Brad Hines caught fire late and lived in the zone,” Hillard said. “Couple of errors early on and inability to get off speed over for a strike early on was the tale of the tape.”
The two runs in the fifth came from Cade Reed and Jonathon Gillock reaching and a triple by Blaine Sharp plating each of them.
The loss to Pulaski drops Casey to 3-9 on the season.

STATISTICS

Casey       0   0   0   0   2   0   0    -   2     6   2
Pulaski      2   1   0   1   0   0   X   -   4   10   0

1B: Cade Reed, Blaine Sharp, Drew Lee, Brad Hines, Zach Todd. 3B: Blaine Sharp. RBI: Blaine Sharp 2. SB: Jon Gillock, Cade Reed.
Brad Hines (0-3) 6.0IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 7K, BB