By CHRISSY SMITH
PEARL RIVER — Like many other teams in the area, the Pearl River Rebels are counting on their pitching and defense to win them ball games.
But the Rebels have also earned their 8-2 overall record with some solid hitting too.
Last week Pearl River defeated Franklin 12-6 and East St. John 9-7.
“I think we’re playing sound defense. The two games that we’ve lost, we’ve had pitching breakdowns where we’ve walked too many people,”?Pearl River Head Coach Steve Bullock said.
Senior catcher Michael Beloso is the closest thing the team has to a power hitter, according to Bullock, and he is doing a good job for the Rebels so far.
“We are pitching well enough to let our defense play behind us in the games we’ve won. When we’ve thrown strikes, the defense plays well behind us and we’ve hit well enough to win the games,”?Bullock said.
The top pitchers for Pearl River have been Jeremy Ivanhart, Jesse Nigro and Seth Drew.
“Drew is mainly in relief and the other two have started. They have been my top three so far, but I’ve got some other guys who have also come in and done a good job,”?Bullock said.
Pearl River started district play on Tuesday in a game that ended after the Slidell Independent’s deadline.
“This is going to be a very tough district. I think we’re probably going to wind up beating up on each other,” Bullock said.