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Rebels use stellar performance ace and timely hitting to reach State

By Thomas Sellers Jr.TRA Alexander toss out

TRA Head Coach Brad Smith

TRA Head Coach Brad Smith

Connor Alexander

Connor Alexander

TRA Rebel slide

Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebel ace Connor Alexander’s teammates erased a 1-0 deficit Thursday afternoon in the first game of the Division II-A Sub-State Series against Davidson Academy.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Alexander was one pitch away from setting down the Bears and giving his team a chance to win. But lightning in the distance, thunder rumbling in the air and a dark cloud moving over Rebel Field, play was stopped.
“I was ready to come back out,” Alexander said. “I knew it was important to get this first win.”
Alexander ended up pitching 8 inning and limiting the Bears to that one run. The Rebels did pick up the first game victory 2-1 when junior Gil Erwin slapped a base hit to drive in Alexander from second base.
“It feels great to come through for my team,” Erwin said. “We worked hard for this win and it feels great to do this for my team.”
The win gave TRA a 1-0 series lead and put the Rebels a victory away from reaching the Division II-A State Baseball Tournament.
After Alexander recorded the final out of regulation, the game went to extra innings with the Rebels set down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Alexander, a University of Memphis signee, continued his strong pitching performance with two flyouts and a strike out in the eighth inning.
The bottom of the eighth started for the Rebels with a Conner Sanders single. But Sanders was out at second base when Alexander hit into a fielder’s choice.
TRA was down to its final out after the next batter flew out to right field. Davidson walked the next Rebel batter Jacob LaFosse setting up a first-and-second situation for Erwin.
The junior came through with the clutch hit to win the game. Erwin led the Rebels to victory in the second game later that night to clinch a spot in this week’s Divison II-A Baseball Tournament in Murfreesboro.

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