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June 4, 2013

Northeast bats go booming

(Continued)

The hits followed a weekend in which Henfrey knocked in four against Springville on two doubles.

On the other side, Camanche struggled both offensively and defensively. Against Henfrey, Stoecker and Game 1 starter Cole Dickey, the Indians managed only three hits in each game.

“(Northeast) had some timely hitting, and that’s what baseball’s all about,” Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. “I don’t see one clear-cut favorite in the Big East, but Northeast should be up there.”

The closest Camanche came to scoring on Dickey (four innings, seven strikeouts) was in the second inning when Cody Mensinger doubled and stole third. Dickey struck out the next batter, and the Indians didn’t get another opportunity until Blake Bialas had a base hit to score Camanche’s only run in the fifth.

In Game 2, Mensinger took the mound and kept the game within reach through four innings, the score 6-1 Northeast. An error-filled fifth inning gave the Rebels ample scoring opportunities. Northeast scored eight of its nine fifth-inning runs facing two outs.

Cochran said his team was young and would learn from these losses.

“You give up a couple of freebies — whatever you want to call it — and our heads go down and it seems to snowball,” he said. “As a young team, I think that’s one thing you’ve got to avoid.”

Howe echoed Stoecker: There’s no letting up in Big East play.

“I’m super proud of the guys,” Howe said. “I ask them to compete and play on every pitchs. As long as they do that, good things are going to happen ... .

“We can’t let up. We can put ourselves in good positions, but we have to keep progressing or it can change real fast.”

The Rebels improved to 7-1 on the season, their lone loss coming in the season opener to Monticello. They’ll play at Preston for a two-game set at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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