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May 10, 2018

FORT GAY, W. VA. -- From going winless as freshmen to winning double digit games as juniors and seniors this six man senior class made up of Jared Switzer, Trey Smith, Ray Perkins, Kyler Speer, Blake Conn and Jacob Copley has a whole lot to be proud of for turning Tolsia baseball around the last four years.

2018 Tolsia Seniors

2018 Tolsia Seniors:  Standing L to R Blake Conn Kyler Speer Jacob Copley Kneeling L to R Trey Smith Jared Switzer Ray Perkins2018 Tolsia Seniors: Standing L to R Blake Conn Kyler Speer Jacob Copley Kneeling L to R Trey Smith Jared Switzer Ray Perkins

 

Here is a recap of games before the Rebels started postseason play this week:


Tolsia 7 Tug Valley 4 ( Senior night )

Senior Blake Conn smacked a 2 RBI triple in the first inning as the Rebels scored four times.

Senior Jared Switzer had 1 hit and 2 RBIs, Seniors Ray Perkins, Trey Smith and Kyler Speer had 1 hit each along with Austin Bailey and Brandon Mollett.

Jared Switzer went 6 1/3 innings to get the win, he gave up 1 earned run and struck out 6.


Tolsia 12 Mingo Central 4 ( Senior night )

In the second game of the Senior night doubleheader the Rebels took care of the Miners with ease.

Senior Jared Switzer went 3-3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored including a long home run. Senior Ray Perkins went 2-2, Austin Bailey had 2 hits and scored twice, Senior Blake Conn had 1 hit and Senior Trey Smith scored 2 runs.

Billy Perry went 5 and 2/3 on the mound to get the win.


Westside 5 Tolsia 4

On Saturday the Rebels hit the road to play a doubleheader and came with a split.

The Renegades scored three times in the seventh inning to spoil the Tolsia victory.

Eric Williams and Senior Blake Conn both doubled and scored, Seniors Jared Switzer, Kyler Speer, Cole Perry and Billy Perry had 1 hit each.


Tolsia 16 Van 5

In the second game of the twin-bill the Rebels were all over the home standing Bulldogs and cruised to the mercy shortened win.

Junior Eric Williams went 3-3 with 2 doubles and scored 4 times, Senior Ray Perkins went 2-2 with 2 runs, Senior Kyler Speer went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, Cole Perry went 2-3 and scored 3 times, Austin Bailey had 2 hits, Jared Switzer had 1 hit and scored 2 runs, Senior Trey Smith and Dustin Bailey had 1 hit each.


Tolsia 20 Rose Hill 5

Senior Jared Switzer went 3-5 with 3 RBIs and Cole Perry went 2-5 with 5 RBIs to pace the Rebel attack against the Royals.


Tolsia 2 Ambassador Christian 0

Austin Bailey was outstanding on the mound giving up 4 hits and striking out 14 batters. The Rebels scored two runs in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Senior Jared Switzer had 1 hit, 1 RBI and scored once, Cole Perry had 1 hit.

The Rebels started postseason play this week as the #3 seed in Region 4 Section 2.


Tolsia Head Coach Jeff Wallace

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... Jared Switzer is a three year starter and controls centerfield for us along with some duties on the mound. He has hit around .375 the last three years combined. He hit .428 last year and is a stolen base threat every time he gets on and that is quite often.”

“... Kyler Speer is also a 3 year starter and has been our number 2 hitter for the biggest part of that time. He signed to play college ball at KCU. Since signing he has been hitting a torrid .425 clip. I know he was putting pressure on himself early and he struggled but since he signed has been more relaxed and playing well.”

“... Blake Conn is the guy you love to coach he comes to work every day brings his dinner bucket and has made himself a pretty good player. He has hit in the 5 spot the last 2 years and is having a really good year.”

“... Ray Perkins is our left fielder and he is really good at running down balls in the gap and turning would be doubles into long singles. He’s been hitting well as of late after battling through a bruised hand. He was limited on his bat control for about 3 weeks.”

“...Trey Smith is catching for us again this season which makes his 3rd year behind the dish. He has a special place in folklore at Tolsia High School for being the guy who hit the first homer by a Rebel on the new field.”

“... Jacob Copley came out this year after having to cut his year short last season. He worked hard and you can just tell that attribute alone will bode well for him when he starts his career after he graduates.”

 

 

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