Young but experienced Rebels hit the diamond for new season

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By Brian Blair

It may not feel like it outside but it is baseball season in Owen County.
The Rebels opened the 2013 campaign last week by playing a pair of road games. Owen County traveled to Collins on Thursday and lost 7-3. They got back on the bus Friday and headed to Western Hills where they defeated the Wolverines 3-2. It is the second year in a row the Rebels have opened the season with a loss before beating Western Hills in their second game.
As the members of the Owen County High School baseball team head into the new baseball season, they are hoping to do several things they did last year. For one they would love to have another winning season.
Their 19-13 record last year marked the first time since 2007 the Rebels had more wins than losses.
They will also be looking to get back to the eighth region tournament. Owen County High School made it to the tournament for the first time since 2007. They would fall to Anderson County 2-1 in the first round. The last time the team made it to back-to-back eighth region tournaments was 2006 and 2007.
The 2012 season also included a seven-game winning streak. The last time the Rebels won that many games in a row was in 2006 when they won nine straight.
One thing that will be new this season is the man calling the shots from the dugout. Shane Tirey takes over for Kevin Webster who coached the Rebels the previous five seasons.
Tirey is not new to the program. He helped Webster last season as assistant coach. The new skipper takes over a team with only three seniors but plenty of experience.
For the Rebels,  the 19 wins last year was a big step in a positive direction. In the two years leading up to 2012 Owen County had won just 14 games combined.
The Rebels enter the year as one of just two teams in the 31st District that had a winning record last season.
Henry County finished the season 17-14 and won the district tournament over Owen County. The Wildcats won two of the three games against the Rebels last season. They were defeated in the first round of the eighth-region tournament by North Oldham.
Carroll County High School went 15-16 last year. The Rebels swept the three games between the two schools including an 8-7 win in the 31st District tournament.
Gallatin County High School finished 10-16 last season. The record was an improvement from 2011 when the Wildcats won just three games. The Wildcats went 0-2 against Owen County.
Eminence High School finished the 2012 season with a 5-17 mark.
Owen County defeated the Warriors 14-3 in the teams only meeting of the season. The Warriors only district win came against Gallatin County in the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic.
As well as their district schedule, the Rebels also have games against five other teams that boasted winning seasons a year ago.
Owen County was scheduled to take on Harrison County High School Monday. The Thorobreds were 30-10 last season. They won the 38th district before being defeated in the 10th region championship game.
Shelby County, Pendleton County, Tates Creek and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools all had winning seasons in 2012. North Laurel went 28-7 and won the 48th district.
The Rebels have a busy week ahead of them. After hosting Eminence Thursday they will travel to Frankfort on Friday.
Owen County will then host Williamstown on Monday before heading to Gallatin County on Tuesday.