Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Osceola Spring Invite: Familiar pattern results in disappointment for Rebels

LARGO — It has become a theme for Dixie Hollins this season: open up a sizable advantage, watch it disappear by game's end.

Coach Jeff Schellhause hoped his team's fortunes would reverse in the Rebels opening-round game of the Osceola Spring Invitational against Haymarket (Va.) Battlefield.

Instead, the Rebels, unable to hold a 5-0 lead Monday in a 9-5 defeat, were dealt another heartbreaking loss.

On March 22, the Rebels were ahead early 2-0 against Palm Harbor University before losing 3-2.

The next day, the Rebels battled Osceola to a 2-2 draw until the Warriors won in eight innings.

And Friday, Dixie Hollins fell to 1-3 in district play when Braden River scored a run in the final inning to drop the Rebels 1-0.

"We just can't seem to finish games," Schellhause said.

Monday, Dixie Hollins (4-9) knocked Battlefield starting pitcher Chris Wendle out in the first inning behind a steady stream of clutch hits. Matt Harris drove a Wendle offering to the wall in rightfield for a double that scored two runs. Danny Keller followed with an RBI groundout that made it 3-0, and Ray Lanners' run-scoring single to right spelled the end of the afternoon for Wendle.

Dixie Hollins increased its lead to 5-0 when Harris singled to center, scoring Nathan Chlysta, who went 2-for-3 with a double, but then Rebels starting pitcher Jody Odom ran into trouble in the fourth after cruising through three innings.

A one-out groundout with the bases loaded cut Dixie Hollins' lead to 5-1, and Bobby Seagears' opposite field, three-run home run to right brought the Bobcats within a run.

"The thing about today was any mistake pitch could be a home run, and that's pretty tough," Schellhause said, commenting on a steady breeze blowing out to rightfield.

Battlefield (4-2) tied the game in the sixth on John Austin Shepard's RBI double to the gap in left-center and took the lead for good when Derek Evans singled home Shepard, chasing Odom. The Bobcats scored three more times in the sixth.

In the nightcap, Tates Creek of Lexington, Ky., scored eight runs in the sixth inning to pull away from Paintsville, Ky., 10-5 in a battle of visiting teams from the Bluegrass State.

Osceola Spring Invite: Familiar pattern results in disappointment for Rebels 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 11:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Josh Robinson excited for return to Vikings


    For much of Josh Robinson's four seasons with the Vikings, there was excitement leading up to the arrival of the $1.1-billion U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened last season, just as Robinson signed with the …

    Josh Robinson (26) tackles Chicago punt returner Eddie Royal (19) during a game between the Bucs and Bears in 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. For starters: Rays at Orioles, meeting up with ex-mate Tim Beckham


    The Rays open their final roadtrip of the season tonight in Baltimore, and - continuing the theme of the week - willl cross paths with another familiar face, INF Tim Beckham.

    Tim Beckham made a smashing debut with the Orioles, hitting .394 with six homers and 19 RBIs in August.
  3. From the archives: Account of famed Riggs-King match heightens Tampa mob intrigue


    With the Sept. 29 opening of "Battle of the Sexes" — the movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell about Billie Jean King's landmark 1973 tennis win over Bobby Riggs — we thought there might be renewed interest in this 2013 Peter Jamison story from the Tampa Bay Times.

    Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."  [Melinda Sue Gordon, Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  4. It's not a game, but the names are all the same in this football family


    TAMPA — A coach yells across the field into a scrum of blue-and-white clad football bodies at Jefferson High: "Kim Mitchell! Kim Mitchell, come here!"

    These twins are not only identical, but they have almost identical names. Kim Mitchell III, left, and Kim Mitchell IV are  talented football players at Jefferson High with Division I-A college offers. Kim  III wears No. 22 and plays cornerback while Kim IV wears No. 11 and plays safety. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
  5. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) pumps his fist to the crowd after Tampa Bay's 29-7 victory over Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The Bucs play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times