The REX take down the Kings to end losing streak
Last night, the REX took on the Champion City Kings for the final time this season in a doubleheader. Entering the matchup, the REX were undefeated against Champion City with an impressive 9-0 record. The Kings won the Ohio River Valley Division in the first half of the season, but have struggled to get any momentum going in the second half of the season posting only a 6-15 record entering last night.
The first game was a low scoring affair with an impressive start from REX pitcher Cole Gilley. Gilley was one the mound for 5.2 innings and only surrendered one hit and one earned run. He also struck out 11 Kings’ batters. Left Fielder Alec Brunson continued his great season when he hit home run number 13 of the campaign. He sent a three-run shot over the left field banners to score center fielder Tyler Nelson and second baseman Colter Couillard-Rodak. The REX would hold the lead until top of the sixth, but then the Kings were able to get three runs across home plate.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning the teams were tied at three. In the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Connor Hicks was able to get a base knock to get the inning started. That was quickly followed by two outs, but Hicks was able to advance to second. With two outs, a tie ball game, and a man in scoring position, third baseman and Terre Haute native Austin Morris stepped up to the plate ready to swing. Morris swung at the first pitch and sent a line drive to right field that allowed him to get to first base and score Hicks from second for the go ahead run. The REX would be able to hold onto a 4-3 victory and break their 11-game losing streak. Pitcher Beiker Fuentes would get the win in relief.
The next game would not go as well for Wabash Valley’s Own as the Kings were able to defeat them 11-1 in a game that was eventually called due to lightning. The only REX run came on a sacrifice fly by Nelson that scored right fielder Nick Barrett. The REX are in Lafayette, IN tonight to take on the Wabash River Division leading Lafayette Aviators at 7:05 PM EST. The REX are back at Bob Warn Field on August 4 for the last game of the season at 6:30 PM EST to take on the Danville Dans! We hope to see you at the ballpark!