LANSING | The bottom third of the T.F. South batting order has been pretty productive lately.
On Tuesday the Nos. 7-8-9 hitters reached base nine times and including courtesy runners, scored five times.
Elijah Shepard had two hits, while Nos. 8 and 9 hitters James Macklin and Tresean Hall had one hit each. Macklin also scored twice as the Rebels beat rival T.F. North 12-2 in five innings in a South Suburban Blue game at Bill Anderson Field.
T.F. South (7-7, 4-4) won both games of the series, winning 7-2 on Friday at the U.S. Steel Yard.
"I feel if the bottom of the order does its job, that sets the table for the top of the order," Mackoin said. "I feel if I don't get a hit or get on base, that might stop a rally or big inning."
Leadoff man Steve Stubitsch appreciated having the table set as he was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Stubitsch said he is finally comfortable after a leg injury kept him out of the lineup earlier.
"Those guys make it a lot easier for me when there is someone on base," Stubitsch said. "For me, I am just glad to be in the lineup and getting on base."
Alex Schell drove in three runs and Justin Pasko (2-2) tossed a two-hitter.
T.F. North (8-7, 3-4) helped set the table by committing seven errors and a few base-running mistakes.
Leading 2-1, the Meteors ran themselves out of the second inning, much like they did Friday. With runners on first and second and one out, Davon Mason and Moises Mendoza tried a double steal and Mason was thrown out at third.
"I didn't have the steal sign on and they take off," North coach Mike Kosiara said. "Same old story for us, then we can't catch the ball. ... I guess the sun was in their eyes."
South scored five unearned runs in the third to take a 7-2 lead as the Meteors committed four errors, including two dropped fly balls. Both of North's runs and seven of South's runs were unearned.