On Thursday night, the Rebels (12-5) exorcised those demons with a 19-1 thumping of Volunteer in a non-conference contest.
The Rebels tallied 14 hits among nine players. Austin Monds finished up the game going 3-for-3 with three singles and one RBI.
Peyton Stanley was also big for South, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBIs. Drew Creech and Eli Jennings also had multiple RBIs for the Rebels.
Chase Bowery was lights out on the bump for South, pitching four strong innings while allowing three hits and no walks. He notched a pair of strikeouts and threw just 56 pitches in the win.
“We came out and we were focused,” South coach Anthony Richardson said. “Chase came out and did what he was supposed to do and that was throw strikes. He threw really well. … This younger group has gotten to play in some games like this and it’s been great. They’ve gotten a lot more game experience than I ever thought they would.”
The freshman group for South that got in during the fifth inning accounted for three RBIs, one hit and a walk.
For the Falcons (1-13), Gavin Gilliam scored the only run on a throwing error by the catcher on a dropped third strike. The run was scored as unearned on South pitcher Hayden Wallen. Four players each had a single for Volunteer, but no one reached second base until the fifth inning.
Ty Burnette was tagged with the loss for Volunteer, allowing 13 total runs with six earned. Three Volunteer pitchers combined for just three strikeouts.
It was a tough day in the field for the Falcons as well, as they finished the night with seven errors.