Mid-Carolina opened the 2009 baseball season with a 7-5 win over neighboring Chapin on Tuesday behind the hitting of Cody Page and a fine relief effort by sophomore C.J. Edwards.
Page, who was injured in a non-baseball incident late last season and did not play when the Rebels entered the state playoffs, returned to the lineup with a bang – going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Page, in his first at bat in his return to the lineup, drilled a three-run home in the bottom of the first to negate a two-run top of the first by the visiting Eagles. M-C never trailed again. Page later smacked a run-scoring single.
Edward came in to quell a Chapin uprising in the top of the sixth when the Eagles chased struggling Rebels ace Krishawn Holley on Josh Miller’s bases-load, two-run double that cut the M-C advantage to two run. Edward came in with the potential go-ahead run at the plate and restored order with with a strikeout to end the inning. He had a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the save. Holley got the win, but allowed nine hits and all five Chapin runs.
Miller went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one triple and four RBIs. Chapin suffered its first setback of the season after going 3-0 in the Lake Murray Classic preseason tournament.