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Opening Day 2009

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Rebel baseball team looks to earn respect

By Brian Blair

Monday was Opening Day in Owenton. The Owen County Rebels opened up the season with Harrison County Monday. They also took on Western Hills Tuesday.

Before the first pitch of the regular season, the Rebels played a final tune-up against Shelby County March 18. The Rockets are ranked No. 1 in the eighth region heading into the season.

Owen County High School Baseball Coach Kevin Webster said he was looking to gain some respect.

 “The one thing I really wanted to come out of this game was respect,” Webster said. “I wanted to put a mental note in their heads that those Owen County boys can play.”

Webster said he wanted to treat the first five innings as a regional game.

The Rebels were able to do just that as they were tied 3-3 after five innings.

Jordan Cox, Royce Neeley, Andrew Giles and Corey Towles all threw the ball well for Owen County over the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, Webster said he wanted to play some younger players and the Rockets were able to take advantage.

Cox not only threw the ball well on the mound but he also did some damage at the plate. The senior hit a two-run homerun.

Matt Harris reached base via a hit and a walk and scored two runs.

Denny O’Toole had a hit and drove in a run.

Neeley and Justin Stephens also had hits.

The Rebels will be back on the field Thursday when they host Walton at 5:30 p.m.

Owen County will hit the road for the first time Tuesday when they travel to play Williamstown.