Rebels sweep Devil Pups in baseball and softball, draw in women’s soccer

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North Duplin had a big day on the diamond Friday as the softball and baseball teams beat Lejeune by a combined score of 31-0 and the Rebels’ women’s soccer team fought hard, scoring a goal in the first half, but couldn’t get anything else into the back of the net resulting in their match against Lejeune ending in a 1-1 draw still seeking their first win of the season.

Baseball

It began to rain about 20 minutes before first pitch in the Rebels game against Lejeune on Friday, but even in the midst of the cold weather, the Rebels used their offense to warm the Rebel fans up. North Duplin didn’t start out as hot as they ended the game. The Rebels only led 2-0 heading into the bottom half of the third, but throughout the next two innings, the Rebels pitching would remain tough and the bats would heat up, scoring six runs in the fourth and fifth innings allowing them to enforce the mercy rule and pick up their first win of the season 8-0.Senior Tanner Gehron had a solid game at the plate going 2-for-3, one of two Rebels who had multiple hits in the win. The other was sophomore Gage Outlaw who went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles.

Softball 

North Duplin’s softball team came out with a purpose today against Lejeune looking to pick up their first win of the season and the Lady Rebels left absolutely no doubt as they beat the Devil Pups 21-0. The Rebels’ offense took advantage of the struggling pitching from Lejeune and pushed across 13 runs in the first two innings. Lejeune could never figure out their pitching as they changed pitchers multiple times throughout the game and North Duplin adjusted to each one as they tacked on eight more runs to also enforce the mercy rule on the Devil Pups winning 21-0 giving the Lady Rebels their first win of the season.

Women’s soccer

Sitting at 0-1 on the season, the Lady Rebels came into the match looking to hand the Devil Pups their first loss of the season. Both squads had opportunities throughout the match to separate themselves, but neither team was able to capitalize after both goals were scored in the first half, and time on the clock ran out leaving both teams stuck with one goal accounted for resulting in a draw. Freshman Morgan McCoy contributed the lone goal of the day for North Duplin, which was North Duplin’s first goal this season. 

T.J. Edwards can be reached at tjedwards@mountolivetribune.com.

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