Titans slide past Rebels on the diamond

The Titans beat the Rebels in a conference game

Hayden Pennington, Reporter

The Gibson Southern baseball squad took on the South Spencer Rebels in a midweek PAC matchup. The Titans were coming off a 14-0 loss to the North Huskies the night before, while the Rebels were coming off a 14-4 loss to Providence a few days prior. Both teams were looking to pick up a crucial conference win. 

The Titans started senior pitcher Adam Thompson on the mound. He started the game off by mowing down Rebel hitters one after another. He only allowed three hits over the entirety of the game. 

“I was well prepared to pitch and use my God-given talent to do my best out there,” Thompson said. “I always run and stretch well before games and also say a prayer to calm my nerves.”

The Titan bats came alive against the Rebels as four hitters had at least two hits: junior Tanner Boyd, senior Garett Reid, sophomore Seth Parsons and Thompson. 

“We were seeing the ball well out of the pitcher’s hand and hitting is contagious,” Reid said. “Once a few of us were getting hits, it gave everyone confidence at the plate.” 

Thompson pitched a complete game and threw eight strikeouts as he kept a hold on the Rebel hitters. They only had one run. 

“Adam has been doing a great job for us,” head coach Chris May said. “After coming off Tommy John Surgery, we have been bringing him along slowly and bringing him further in the pitch count each outing.”

The Titan bats kept driving in runs, and they finished the game with 15 total runs. Senior Bradyn Epperson also helped drive in a run, as he was 1-1 with a double. 

“I wish I knew what had gotten into our bats,” May said. “It was a night when everything went our way.”

As Thompson retired the last Rebel hitter, the scoreboard read 15-1 in favor of the Titans, and they picked up a much-needed conference win. 

“Having a good team to help back me up when things get hairy helped me during the course of this game,” Thompson said. 

The Titans improve to 7-6 with the win, as the Rebels picked up yet another loss. The Titans will be back in action in Princeton on Thursday as they take on county foe, the Princeton Tigers.