The Highland Rebels topped the Salem Greyhounds 8-1 in non-conference baseball action March 5 at the Ash Flat Ball Park.
Chase Duggins picked up the complete-game win for the Rebels by fanning nine, walking one and hitting one, while giving up five hits.
Jesse Thomas worked the hill for Salem and allowed 11 hits while walking five and striking out seven Rebel hitters.
The Greyhounds threatened in the first, with Derek Batterton (two hits) and Josh Sisler both reaching base on singles. Duggins then regrouped and racked up three straight strikeouts to leave Batterton and Sisler stranded for the Hounds.
Highland too, ended the bottom of the first with runners left on second and third, before Salem plated a run in the top of the second.
Thomas reached base on an error and then took second on a passed ball.
Kyle Berry moved Thomas to third on a sacrifice bunt and then Thomas scampered home on an overthrow of third base, giving Salem a 1-0 lead.
This lead held until the home half of the third when Highland scored three runs to grab the lead for good.
Duggins (two hits, two RBIs) drove in Kolby King for the Rebs' first run of the afternoon, and three batters later, Matt Schneider (two hits, three RBIs) delivered the big blow with a single to left that plated Duggins and Billy Ninemire, staking Highland to a 3-1 lead after three.
The Rebels came home three more times in the bottom of the fourth, starting the inning off with three straight hits.
Justin Bryant and King (two hits) reached base first, thanks to a pair of knocks, then Duggins racked up a hit that brought Bryant in to score.
Caleb Orosz smacked a hard shot past second, to bring in Highland's second run of the fourth, while Schneider ripped a hit down the line at third that took a bad hop and ended up in left, plating another run to give Highland a 6-1 advantage, en route to victory.
Cody Morgan added a pair of hits for the Rebels, while Taylor Bolt and Aaron Fowler had a hit apiece for Highland.
Logan Henley and Shawn Travelstead each racked up a base hit for the Greyhounds.