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Rebels Marching Toward Improvement

Story By: Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE — Through 18 games, Reeltown has only amassed five wins. But their record is deceptive as the Rebels have steadily improved and, over the weekend, picked up wins over BB Comer, Horseshoe Bend and Greenville. That’s more wins in a weekend than they’ve had all season. 

“They are starting to see the ball better and making adjustments during each at-bat,” said Kelli Hilyer, coach of the Rebels. Our hitting has really improved a lot from the beginning of the season and our defense is coming together too. We still have a few things to work on but we are playing better than we did the first part of the season.”

As the team improves, the role of leader shifts amongst the team and changes from player to player. 

Bentley Baker is batting .447. Bella Studdard is batting .588. Kenzie Hornsby (.562), Ashley Flurry (.448) and Kenzie Gibson (.364) have each shown improvement since the start of the 2021 season. 

Hilyer: “Multiple young ladies have stepped up as a leader in the box; while others are stepping up and accepting certain roles, which has helped the team too.”

Studdard has distinguished herself as the lead Rebel in the circle, starting seven of the 18 Reeltown games (1-2 on the year through 10 appearances) with 28 strikeouts. 

Karlee Cotten and Hornsby (combined to have thrown 35 innings with 22 strikeouts) have also been effective as Reeltown is working with a “pitcher by committee” rotation this season. 

Growth is a part of the sport – the goal is always to be better at the end than the beginning. 

Hilyer: “I’m very optimistic and excited about the rest of the season. As long as we can continue to grow, we should do pretty good the rest of the season and in postseason play.”

The Rebels are not done by any means as their dance card (tournaments) is still pretty full. Reeltown is set to compete in the Alex Wilcox Tournament in Montgomery (March 26-27 and played at Lagoon Park) featuring 32 teams from across all seven AHSAA classifications and corners of the state. After that, Randolph County’s tournament and the Isabella Tournament remain. 

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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