The Southland Rebels scored five runs in the first inning, and five runs in the sixth en route to their 10-3 Three Rivers Conference victory over the Chatfield Gophers Friday night.

It was a beautiful day at the ballpark, and the game was broke open in the first inning after hitting four straight singles and five straight hitters scored. The five run first help set the tone for starting pitcher Chris Webber, who threw six innings of solid baseball, struck out nine and allowed only one run.

The five-run outburst started with a walk by Lee Wilson, followed by singles by Webber, Bret Matthews, Carl Mueller and Eli Schwartz, all of whom scored.

The Gophers scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Spencer Mandt that plated Nick Maki.

The Gophers struggled to get the offense going after Webber got into his groove. He struck out the side in the fourth, and only faced three batters in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Rebels got to Chatfield reliever Cole Sprau, scoring five more runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Gophers scored two runs in the top half of the seventh but just couldn't get enough going, as the game finished with the 10-3 score.

Webber led the Rebels by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Ben Ihrke led the Gophers by going 2-for-3. They both earned Player of the Game award.


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