This past Tuesday, the Fannin County baseball team concluded the season with a banquet, just before they start training for the next. The Rebels had a very successful season that all of the players friends and family came to celebrate at Willow Creek Falls.
After head coach Travis Stone said all of his thank yous to everyone who helped the season run smoothly, the awards were handed out.
The first award to be given were the letters that the players earned over the season. Junior, Matthew Shirah, received the academic award with a 102 grade average. The next award was the Family award where the team voted for the player that most exemplified family values in the team. Earning every single vote on the team except for his own, Chris Kimbro received the award.
The awards were then handed over to assistant coach, Cline Bowers, who gave out the Rookie of the Year award to Jerritt Holloway. For Defensive Player of the Year, Matthew Shirah earned the honor. When it came to Offensive Player of the Year, the award was given to two players. With almost identical stats to end the season, Gabe Buchanan and Hunter Gray earned the award.
It was turned back over to coach Stone as he presented the Pitcher of the Year Award. With one pitcher earning 109 strikeouts over the season and the other with 110, Carson Beavers and Chandler Kendall received the award. The AAIT award was handed out next. The award was created to show the goals of the team over the season and stands for Attitude, Approach, Intensity, and Toughness and Bryson Pack was awarded for having all of those qualities. The Diamond Rebel award was voted on by the team for the player who had one of the biggest impacts through their performance and attitude and it was given to Chandler Kendall.
The players who earned a spot on the All Region team were recognized next. The five gentleman were Chandler Kendall, Matthew Shirah, Gabe Buchanan, Carson Beavers, and Hunter Gray. Beavers and Gray were also selected by the 7AAA Region for other awards. Hunter Gray earned the honor of being Hitter of the Year for the 7AAA region while Carson Beavers earned Pitcher of the Year. Coach Stone also earned recognition from the region as he was awarded with being Coach of the Year. The seniors were then recognized for all of their hard work over the years they have played and were presented with a plaque. The five seniors were Tyler Norton, Chris Kimbro, Hunter Gray, Bryson Pack, and Chandler Kendall.
The Rebels had an amazing season where they had an overall record of 26-9, earned the title of Region Champions, made it into the Sweet Sixteen, went the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Baseball history, and finished fifth overall in the state. Congratulations to Fannin for such a successful season!
This past Thursday, the Fannin County Rebels baseball team took on the Pike County Pirates to finish out the Elite Eight and determine who would be moving on to the Final Four. The night before, Fannin lost their first game 6-1 as they won the second 9-0. The Rebels had already made school history by making it to the Elite Eight and hoped to take it a step farther by earning a spot in the Final Four.
Each team wanted the win and you could tell by their performance on the field. Fannin started the game on offense where they had good hits, but were unable to score any runs. On defense, Matthew Shirah took the mound for the Rebels and struck out six batters overall.
It was a back and forth game where both teams played a solid defense. Gabe Buchanan had hustle at third base as he dove to stop balls while Jerritt Holloway had great throws behind the plate to get runners out on steals. Even though Fannin had great hits, Pike was just as determined to get outs. Shirah hit a hard line drive back to the pitcher for him to make a great first out.
Things began to turn around in the fifth inning. After being tied 0-0 for four innings, the Pirates finally made their mark on the scoreboard. They began to get hits down in the field as Pike made a hit to left field that advanced a runner on base home to put the score at 1-0.
Pike’s energy was high as they kept up their intensity on defense. They had a quick three up and three down outs to put them back on offense for another chance to score. As Fannin took the field in the sixth inning, Blake Rogers went in to pitch for Shirah. Pike took advantage of the change in speed as they got runners on base and closed out the inning by bringing in another run, extending their lead 2-0.
The tension was high as Fannin went up to bat in the seventh inning. It was their last chance to make something happen to be able to move on to the Final Four. Although they fought in the box, the Rebels were unable to get their hits down to score any runs. Pikes 2-0 victory put them competing in the Final Four the week to follow. As Pike earned their third out, they all rushed the mound in celebration while the Rebel fans in the stands shared tears and gave Fannin one last round of applause.
The Rebels have played a great season and have been the picture of a perfect team along the way. They have come so far by making it through the Sweet Sixteen to competing in the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Rebel baseball history. Through the tough losses on and off of the field, they were always there for eachother and persevered. Congratulations to the Rebels for an amazing baseball season!
This past Wednesday, the Fannin County Rebels took on the Pike County Pirates in a double header at home for the first round of the Elite Eight. It was a double elimination series that determined who would move on to compete in the Final Four.
Fannin took the field to start off the first inning. Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin where he struck out seven batters overall. Nerves were high starting off the game. The Rebels had defensive errors and allowed three runs to score just in the first inning. The Rebels attempted to respond on offense but found Pike’s defense to be solid as they did not let any runs score.
The Rebels started to clean up their defense in the second inning as they had three up and three down outs. On offense, Fannin began to put the ball into play but kept hitting it right to the Pirates defense and were unable to put any runs on the board. In the third inning, Pike hit a ball out of the park and put the score at 4-0 to end the inning.
Chandler Kendall got things started in the sixth inning as he hit the ball to left field and found himself standing on first base. Gabe Buchanan advanced Kendall to second as he was walked to first base. Hunter Gray stepped up to the plate and hit the ball to the outfield to bring Kendall home and put the score at 4-1. Miles Johnson continued the trend as he hit a bomb to the outfield but Pike made the out with a diving catch.
With a runner on second base, Pike hit another ball out of the park, bringing in two runs. The Rebels were able to get on base but were unable to score, leaving the Pike Pirates with a 6-1 victory.
After a short break, the teams were at it again. Fannin wanted a win so that they could stay in the series for a chance to compete the next day as Pike hoped to have another victory to move straight on the the Final Four.
Fannin had a new energy starting off the second game. They were the guest team and started off the game on offense. The Rebels wasted no time to put the ball into action. Senior, Chandler Kendall, had a great hit to center field that put him standing on second base. Gabe Buchanan continued the trend as he hit a double to left field and hit Chandler home. With bases loaded, Bryson Pack watched his fourth ball go by and was walked as another Rebel advanced to home plate. Miles Johnson closed out the inning with a bomb to right field that brought in three runs and left him on base. Pike was finally able to earn their third out as Fannin ended the top of the first with a 5-0 lead.
The Rebels defense was solid as they stopped balls and kept the Pirates from scoring any runs. Chander Kendall pitched the second game for Fannin County where he struck out ten batters overall. When it was Fannin’s turn to hit again at the top of the second, Carson Beavers was on third base as Buchanan brought him home with a single to left field. Pike ended the inning with a double play as Fannin advanced their lead 6-0.
Tyler Norton was on fire up the middle where he made a double to play to start off the third inning. Fannin was on top of every aspect of the game and refused to give up their lead.
The Rebels picked things back up in the seventh inning when the Pirates put in a new pitcher. Fannin took advantage in the change of speed as Blake Rogers hit a double to left field and brought Hunter Gray home. Miles was the man to close out the inning once again with a big hit to third where they overthrew first base, bringing in two runs. Johnson had a great night on offense where he had five RBI’s. Rogers went in to pitch at the bottom of the seventh where he struck out three batters. Fannin held the Pirates on defense and closed out the game with a 9-0 victory, leaving them to play the next day to determine who would move on to the Final Four.
The Fannin County Lady Rebels’ softball team celebrated its unprecedented run to the “Elite Eight” of the state tournament at the annual end of the year banquet. The “Elite Eight” appearance will be immortalized with a banner that will be displayed at the softball field.