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Rebels clout Clarksville again

July 17, 2016
STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD - Gladbrook-Reinbeck ousts Indians in opening round , Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - This time around, there was no 16-run inning or 24-1 defeat against Clarksville for the Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team. At the end of five innings, however, the Rebels cruised on by with a 12-2 win against the Indians for the second time this year in an early-inning win.

Joe Smoldt headed to the mound this go around, trying to follow suit of Tyler Tscherter's four-inning, three-hit win from June 21. Smoldt, who went all five innings for the Rebels (19-7) threw for six hits, two earned runs, one walk and seven strikeouts.

Head coach Jeff Charley said playing a team again, after whaling it into submission earlier in the season, can be difficult to prepare a team for. Knowing the Rebels had won by 23 runs earlier this year against the same Clarksville team was something they would have to put behind them.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck pitcher Joe Smoldt hurls a pitch toward home Tuesday night during the Class 1A District 6 first round tournament game. The Rebels won 12-2 in five innings to move on and play BCLUW on Thursday in Sheffield.

"Those are tough games," Charley said. "In high school sports, it's 90 percent mental. You come in thinking it's going to happen again, and it's just not. They have some good ball players and they had some players sit out the last time we saw them.

"We just got some hits early and put them in a hole."

In fact, the Rebels tallied four-straight hits in the first inning and batted through their order once, plus the lead-off hitter, Alex Tscherter, got to hit twice. It was a four-hit, five-run first inning that set an early tone for the Rebels.

Smoldt threw around 80 pitches, which flirts with the Rebels' "magic number," a threshold for Smoldt's pitch count. The junior hurler threw well, with a variety of pitches. His fastball worked the best, and the Indians (8-20) located it a few times. Three of their six hits were doubles to deep outfield, while just one batted in a run.

First baseman Matt Roeding gave Smoldt all the run support he needed, and then some, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and four RBIs. Mason Skovguard was also 2-for-2 with two singles, two RBIs and two walks. He also scored once.

In the earlier game of the Class 1A District 6 doubleheader in Reinbeck on Tuesday night, NICL West foes clashed as BCLUW defeated AGWSR 9-8. The Rebels will see the Comets (14-13) in Sheffield on Thursday.

Charley said playing a conference foe in the postseason "scares the heck out of me," because of how well-balanced he saw the NICL West Conference this year.

"They can do it, too," Charley said of either team advancing past the second round. "This conference is a tough conference. I don't care who you're playing; if you're the top of the league or the bottom of the league, you better be ready to play. You better put the ball in play. If not, you're going to get beat."

Other top performers for the Rebels on Tuesday night were Kyle Koppen who went 2-for-4 with two single sand drove in the 10-run ruling 12th run with two RBIs and Cooley, who scored three times, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

The Rebels and Comets will play at 5 p.m. Thursday in Sheffield.



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