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March 6, 2003 Page 9 Tbe Free Press BY BILL PET ltSON 10:30 a.r start, before one ten-second stretch in Working one-on-one against the But the Rebels still pot togeth- will play the winner of a first- Editor The Rebels pulled through the the second half turned the game. Westlake goalkeeper, Robbins er three good scoring oppommiiles round game between the runner-up last week in prototypical style for Working off a comer kick,scored to give the Rebels a 1-0 in the first half, though they could- in District 27-5A and the third H oYS CISD-Entering this sea- their season, gelling the job done Westlake hammered a shot to the lead. The Rebels held on for a nar- n't score off therrL place team in Dislrict 28-5A. But n, Hays High School boys with clutch defense and just right side of the goal, where row victory. Finally, two minutes into the five teams still are in the hunt for soccer coach Larry Mathys had enough offense. With two Aztemio Lopez deflected the shot. After all that, the Rebels played second half, Arturo Bertadillo hit a those spots. never beaten Westlake. This year, shutouts, the Rebels extended their However, the ball rolled to another at home Tuesday night against hard. shot 20 yards from the goal. '`it looks to possibly be the San he's beating everybody, season record to 12. Westlakeplayer, who fued another Seguin. The ball deflected off a Seguin Antonio O'Connor and East He's even beaten WestlakeThe Rebels went to Westlake shot on goal. W'tll Mannella "It was very ditficult to moil- defender and into the goal, giving Central winner" said Mathys, twice, last Friday knowing the Chaparrals cleared the ball and it eventually vate our kids, and it showed" the Rebels another 1-0 victory, attempting to predict the future. '`i have to admit, it is fun beat- faced possible e'hininafion from a ended up in the hands of Hays Mathys said. Following Saturday's game,"But they both have two games left ing those guys" Mathys said. playoffberth for the first time since goalkeeper Travis Reynolds, who In addition, the field was in the Rebels will have to wait for the in the district against teams right in With another two wins last the school started soccer in 1978. punted deep into Westlake territo- poor shape from wet weather. The first round of the UIL playoffs to the thick of things" week, including their second victo- "For us, the the motivation was ry. combination made for a close shake out. It could be up to two Right now, the Rebels are well ry this year against Westlake, the self-inspired," Mathys said. "It was Reynolds' kick cleared the game, with Seguin generating weeks before the Rebels open their past the rest of their district and Rebels are set for a perfect District Westlake we were playing" Westlake defense and went to more attack against the Rebels playoff season, and they still have well past the thick of things. But 25-5A season if they can Leat The Rebels and Westlake bat- Dusiln Parker, who passed to a than any other team this season, no idea who they will play. they'll be back in the thick, if not Akins Saturday at House Parkin a tied through a scoreless first half Wide-open Barrett Robbins. Mathys said. The bracket says the Rebels especially soon. BY BILL I~TERSON ly, because the Rebels had scored Editor five in the third to take a 5-1 lead. The Rebels scored two runs in the HAYS CISD-If you're a base- seventh to put away the game. ball coach, you're idea ofThird baseman Justin fighting isn't swinging an elbow Weatherford homered for the or knocking a guy on his back. Rebels against Converse-Judson, It's more subtle, with Adam Froeschl and Josh It's the pitcher refusing to Flores each hitting doubles. give in to the hitter. It's laying The Rebels had to come from down a drag bunt with the game behind in their next game last on the line. It's the kind of action Friday for a 5-4 win over San Hays High School baseball coach Antonio Central Catholic. Not Doug Ragsdale saw last week- only did the Rebels score a run in end, when the Rebels won three each of the last two innings, but of four games at the Converse- Hays pitchers struck out five of Judson baseball tournament, six hitters during that span. "I think we made a lot of The Rebels won it with a run strides" Ragsdale said after the in the top of the seventh. After a Rebels raised their record to 5-2. single by Joe Weaver and a walk "The competitive nature of this put runners on first and second team really seemed to mold itself with one out, Justin Cain laid in the course of the tournament" down a "perfect" drag bunt, The Rebels opened the tour- Ragsdale said. The bunt went nament last Thursday with a 7-4 down so well that Cain beat the win against Converse-Judson. throw to first base, loading the Keith Crabill went the distance, bases. surviving a three,run fourth Next, Flores workedthe count inning. Survival came fairly easi- to 2-1 before a wild pitch allowed Weaver to score. Weatherford started the they loaded the bases and Justin United South and Port Lavaca The Rebels came out fiat the Rebels with a two-ran homer in Villegas doubled off the left field Calhoun. Saturday, they'll play next day against Victoria the first inning. However, it was- wall, moving to a 9-7 lead. Cain two more games in the touma- Memorial, which scored at least n't going to be that easy.allowed only one run in the bot- ment. one run in ever inning for a 7-2 Through the first five innings, tom of the fifth, then Crabill In between, the Rebels will win. every half inning except one pitched a scoreless sixth inning come home Friday to practice. However, the Rebels came ended with either the gameto preserve the victory. But they'll also be running the back later that day for a 9-8 win being tied or the lead changing Next up for the Rebels is the Hays Junior Varsity Tournament, against San Antonio O'Connor, hands. Victoria Memorial Tournament during which games will be which is regarded as one of the The Rebels went to bat in the this weekend. The Rebels were played day and night Thursday better teams in San Antonio. top of the fifth, trailing, 7-6. But to open today against Laredo through Saturday. 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