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News-Times/Steve Marik

Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg shortstop Bailey Belt stepped on second base and unleashed a throw to first Friday against Bruning-Davenport/Shickley in first-round action of the Silver Creek Legion baseball tournament.

SILVER CREEK — Thanks to a strong performance on the mound from starting pitcher Tanner Wood and errorless play from the defense behind him, the Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg Rebels picked up a 9-1 win over Bruning-Davenport/Shickley in five innings Friday evening in the first round of the Silver Creek Legion baseball tournament at Ralph Jilg Field.

The righty Wood held BDS scoreless for the first three innings. That gave the SOS offense time to work, but it didn’t need much. The Rebels scored in all but one inning they played and got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jett Pinneo scored on a sacrifice fly from Bailey Belt.

“That was some great pitching by Tanner,” SOS coach Jeff Kuhnel said after the game. “He had 62 pitches, and 40 of them were strikes.. So, that’s pretty efficient. When you can do that, you’re going to go a long ways.”

Mick Hoatson gave SOS a 2-0 advantage in the second with an RBI groundout that scored Max Hoatson, but the Rebels put the game away for good afterwards with a four-run third inning. During that stretch, Kyle Napier hit an RBI single while Pinneo rounded third and scored on a BDS error. Napier wound up scoring too after a sacrifice fly by Grady Belt to give his team a 5-0 lead, then Mick Hoatson connected on an RBI single to bring the lead to 6-0.

SOS ended the game early when Colin Wingard singled home Bailey Belt and Max Hoatson.

“It was an all-around quality game, the one you like to see,” Kuhnel said. “We didn’t overpower the ball — we only had five hits. But they were timely.”

SOS outhit BDS 5-4 in the game. Mick Hoatson led the team in the RBI department with three while Bailey Belt and Wingard both had two.

SOS will play Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus (DCB) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Silver Creek.

BDS 0 0 0 1 0 — 1

SOS 1 1 4 0 3 — 9

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