Call them lucky or call them good, but Clay Central-Everly is moving on in the high school baseball playoffs while sixth-ranked Sioux Central's season is over.
CCE sprung a huge upset here Monday night with a 6-3 win over the Rebels.
The game's standout was CCE centerfielder Nolan Abel, who knocked in four runs with a three-run triple in the first inning and a solo homer in the fifth. He accounted for five of CCE's runs.
Sioux Central righthander Cody Wiitmack pitched the first four innings and gave up four runs, all coming in the first.
The Rebels' hard-throwing righthander, Kyle Rehnstrom, gave up Abel's homer in the fifth and a single run in the sixth. All six CCE runs were earned, but Wiitmaack took the loss.
Sioux Central scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning.
Andrew Phinney and Alex Rehnstrom hit back to back doubles to lead off the frame, and Kasey Huebner also had an RBI-single in the inning. The last Sioux Central run came on a fielder's choice hit by Wiitmack with the bases loaded.
Sioux Central had its chances, stranding 13 baserunners.
The Northwest Conference champion Rebels' season ended with a 26-7 mark.