The Genesee Rebels welcomed the first bye-week of the season with open arms last Sunday, and they picked a perfect Sunday to have off. While the Rebels were tucked away in their beds, all three other Southwest Division games that were scheduled for Sunday were rained out. As the rest of the league struggles to schedule make up games, the Rebels are able to focus on more important things like how to get a few more wins!
After the first third of the season, the Rebels find themselves in 6th place in the Southwest Division. This doesn't sound like the best of news, but considering how the Rebels played and the team they were able to field for some of the first few games, a record of 2-3 isn't all that bad. The Rebels have shown that they are capable of playing good baseball, but they just need to do it on a regular basis.
So far, the season has been a bit streaky. With back-to-back losses to open the campaign, Genesee needed to get their act together quickly. Two games against East Troy and Oconomowoc did not look to be the easiest way to do so, however, the Rebels were able to pull off two monumental victories to claw back to .500 on the year. Only Dousman stood in the way of a winning record through the first third of the season. Dousman, however, had other plans, as their bats woke up in a big way as the Rebels pitching couldn't keep the Frogs from crossing home plate.
When the dust settled from the first third of the season, the Rebels have begun to learn what kind of team they are. Uncharacteristically, the Rebels have allowed 40 runs through the first 5 games of the season. The good news is, they know this will not continue as they welcome back a few arms who will definitely help them out on the mound for the next part of the season. On the flip side, the Rebels have scored 25 runs on the year for an average of 5 per game. On most Sundays, that SHOULD be enough. Most Sundays apparently did not fall during the first portion of the season.
After a disappointing start to the season, the Rebels are feeling good. It might be strange to think that a team could be feeling good with a 2-3 record, but they know they faced a tough schedule during the first 5 games and feel confident moving forward. Their goal over the next 6 games is to go 4-2 which would bring their overall record to 6-5 heading into the home stretch of the season. It will be challenging with a double-dip against Burlington and home games against North Prairie and Oconomowoc, but if the Rebels can play consistent ball, it is definitely doable.
So far, Waterford and North Prairie sit atop the standings, each team with 0 L's in the loss column. Waterford continues to hit the crap out of the ball while North Prairie brings a youthful and balanced approach to the game. East Troy, Oconomowoc, and Burlington sit 2-5 in the standings, but Burlington only has 2 games under their belt thus far. Their schedule will pick up during the next few weeks to get their games in. After Genesee, Dousman, Ixonia, and Rome round out the bottom of the standings. The division has shown that most teams can compete with anyone on any given Sunday.
The Rebels are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Ixonia for a Father's Day double-header scheduled for 12pm first pitch.