Ringing in a new season
Silo players, parents and alumni gather for some good-natured competition
by By Zach Maxwell
SILO – The Rebel baseball community enjoyed a festive Saturday, topped with the presentation of championship rings to players from last spring’s team.
The defense of that crown starts Monday against Caney, but Saturday was about fun and family. A father-son game and an alumni game were held before the ring presentation.
“This is something the kids can enjoy after a hard seven or eight days of (pre-season practice),” said event organizer Kent Rogers. “It builds pride in the community and in the program, and hopefully we’ll pick up right where we left off.”
The 2013 Silo Rebels defeated a well-stocked alumni team 9-3. Alumni pitchers included Trey Wright, Curtis Smith, Keach Ballard and Trevor Bowen; Silo pitchers included Jarris Hamilton, Kendall Shives, Ethan Hollowell, and Chris Taylor.
The alumni jumped out 2-0 on a Trevor Bowen double and an RBI for Kenton Stanley. Ballard, who is bound for OU this fall after a JUCO national championship with Murray State, was hit by a pitch and scored a run. He also had an RBI single in a short-lived fifth inning rally.
Hollowell got one run back on an RBI single but Hamilton was gunned down at home plate by left fielder Kenton Stanley of the alumni team. Hollowell had more heroics in the third inning, when he got the alumni batting order out on four pitches.
The younger Rebels scored four runs in the second to take the lead for good thanks to hits from Lucas Long, Hunter Jackson, and Lance House.
The father-son game saw home run heroics from dads Scott Hamilton, Lane Jackson and Kent Rogers. They treated the players and fans to grilled hot dogs and burgers after the game and ring presentation.
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