An astute observation from South Spencer’s 3-0 win Tuesday over Castle: The Rebels have some fast baseball players.
And while hand-eye coordination and arm strength are often cited as the most important physical tools in the sport, it doesn’t hurt to have good wheels.
The Rebels (5-0), the defending Class 2A state champ and the top-ranked team in that class this season, have a few guys who can flat-out move.
In Tuesday’s game, sophomore leadoff Kobe Stephens beat out a well-placed bunt down the third-base line — after stumbling and falling over while leaving the batter’s box. That speed translated to the field as well, where Stephens easily tracked down three shallow fly balls that could’ve been bloop singles against slower shortstops.
Left fielder Isaac Rowan legged out two infield singles and covered plenty of ground on fly balls hit in his direction, getting under the pop-ups to record easy outs.
“We do have quite a bit of speed in a lot of places,” Rebels coach Brian Kuester said. “You can’t substitute for speed. When you have speed, you can overcome some mistakes and make some plays that others can’t.”