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June 4, 2014

Rex win fourth straight

TERRE HAUTE — Success early in the season can be a gold mine for a collegiate league baseball team. If you can find a way to win before your full complement of players is available, it's a big deal.

The Terre Haute Rex know how big it can be as they won their fourth straight game on Wednesday at Bob Warn Field. The Rex used a five-run fifth inning to put Quincy to rest by a 10-3 count.

The victory broke an early first-place tie between the Rex and Gems as Terre Haute assumed the top spot.

More players are trickling back from their college duties, including Indiana State's Landon Curry on Wednesday, but the Rex have been able to win consistently since last weekend.

"It's very important early on in the season to put together the best record you can. You have a lot of roster movement, you're trying to get guys here, you're trying to get them to understand the type of baseball we want to play with the Rex. They're doing a good job of it," Rex manager Bobby Segal said.

Segal indicated there are two players yet to play a game for the Rex. One player arrived Wednesday just as the game started.

The Rex got a decent starting pitching effort from Damon Olds, formerly of Terre Haute South and currently with Lincoln Trail College. Olds pitched five innings and struck out six Gems. He allowed four base hits and walked three.

But it was Terre Haute's offense that made it hard on Quincy.

The Rex spotted Quincy a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Gems' advantage didn't last.  The Rex got a run back in its half of the first on a Cayce Bredlau infield single. Terre Haute took the lead in the second as its first four batters reached base. A RBI single by Rey Perez and run-scoring groundout by Zachary Welz gave the Rex a 3-2 lead.

But it was the fifth inning that decided it. Quincy starter Mitch Weis and reliever Geoffrey Hartlieb couldn't get anyone retired as the first nine Rex batters reached base in some form. Bredlau, Andrew Cope, Tony Rosselli each had RBI in the frame and another run scored via an error as the lead ballooned to 8-2 for the Rex.

"We take a lot of pride in our baserunners. We have a lot of speed one-through-nine in our lineup. We have a lot of ball-strkers. It's great when Grayson Atwood or Tony Rosselli can put one in the trees, but those will be few and far between. We have to try to put the barrel on the baseball. Wherever it lands? Good for it," Segal said.

The Rex added one more run in the sixth and eighth innings respectively.

Bredlau finished with three RBI. De Jesus continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 effort and three runs scored. Smithson was 2-for-5.

"We've been getting on-base. We have one of the highest on-base percentages of anyone in the [Prospect] league," De Jesus said.

The Rex (5-2) continue their homestand at 7 p.m. tonight as they play host to the Gems.

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