REX remained undefeated against the Kings
The REX entered last night after winning six of their last seven games. The runs had started to pour in and Wabash Valley's Own looked to continue that against the Champion City Kings. The Kings entered the night still looking for their first win against the REX.
The REX put their foot on the gas early and never let up. Second baseman Alec Atkinson hit a lead off home run in the first to get the night started. Later in the inning, catcher Dylan Janke singled to knock in third baseman and Terre Haute native Kaleb Hannahs. The Kings got one back in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1. In the next inning, Hannahs singled and scored shortstop Kody Putnam. Left fielder Alec Brunson followed that up with a two RBI double that scored Atkinson and designated hitter Sammy Rowan. Hannahs would score later in the inning on a ground out by Janke. The Kings responded with four runs of their own to cut the REX lead to 6-5.
The REX bats heated back up in the fourth inning. The REX loaded the bases and then right fielder Jack Leverenz hit a bases clearing double to extend the lead to 9-5. In the fifth, Atkinson hit his second ball over the fence to give the REX a 10-5. The Kings got one back in the same inning to cut the lead to 10-6. In the bottom of the sixth the Kings got a little closer with two more runs to make the REX lead only 10-8. In the top of the seventh the REX added three more to the lead. First baseman Nate Wolf hit a two-bagger that sent Atkinson and Rowan home and then Wolf himself scored courtesy of Janke.
In the top of the eighth, Putnam was able to cross home plate on a single by Hannahs and then Hannahs scored on a single by Brunson. The Kings got four back in the bottom of the inning and the REX would lead 15-12 heading into the final inning. In the top of the ninth, Janke would score courtesy of Leverenz. Putnam would then put in the final dagger with a two run bomb that would score center fielder Tyler Nelson. The Kings got one back, but ultimately fell to the REX 18-13. Pitcher Evan Magill got the win and Alex Reinoehl earned the save. The REX improved to 7-6 in the second half of the season.
The REX are back at Bob Warn Field tomorrow for a doubleheader against the Cape Catfish at 5:30 PM EST.