REHOBETH, Ala. (WDHN) — Rehobeth High baseball breezed through the first round of playoffs and now the team is prepping for a more challenging round two.
The Rebels took down LeFlore High School 22-2 and 18-1 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The area champs are 25-3 on the season and next week they face their most challenging opponent yet.
No. 4 ranked Rehobeth will take on No. 7 ranked Shelby County, but the Rebels know what they have to do to win.
“Great hitting, great pitching, great fielding,” junior pitcher Zachary Hannah said. “That’s all we got to do. Do those three things we’ll be alright.”
Team members say one of their strengths this year is having multiple talented pitchers.
“I’ve been playing for varsity since I was a freshman and I’ve never seen pitching like we got this year so it’s pretty good,” Hannah said.
Pitchers credit good hitting from their teammates with putting less stress on them.
“We’re hot right now so we just need to stay like that,” junior pitcher Parker Anderson said. “Our hitters have done really well so it’s easy to go out there and get the wins. Throw a lot of strikes and we hit the ball really well.”
Focusing on the fundamentals keeps the team humble.
As they head into a top 10 matchup, they don’t let their high ranking get to their heads.
“It feels really good,” senior catcher Tanner Wells said. “We kind of have to look past it because I kind of think rankings can be a little toxic sometimes. I feel like it kind of keeps us playing at the same level of ball that we need to play at. Play like the number three team in the state.”
Aside from their clear talent on the diamond, the team’s brotherhood makes them even better.
“They like each other on and off the field,” Varsity Head Coach John Griffin said. “They work hard. They’re really low maintenance. There’s no drama. They come to practice. They go to the weight room. They work out hard. They get the work done on and off the field. It’s been real easy as coaches go.”
Most of the guys have been playing together since their tee ball days which makes it easy for Coach Griffin to encourage them that being a good teammate is the key to success.
Success of course, is on their mind this post season.
“Hope to win it all,” Wells said. “I hope we go through and sweep everybody and get a ring. That’s one thing I’ve wanted since I was in 7th grade.”
The Rebels head to Shelby County for round two on Friday.