In the first game of a double-header on the first day of the Tournament, the Rebels took no prisoners in a game that was never close in downing the Vikings from Oahu.
The Rebels jumped out to five run lead in the very first inning. A lead-off walk to Tom Kuhlman was followed by hard hits by four of the next five hitters in the heart of the order. The team added two more runs in the third when Tom Christy blasted a home run well beyond the left field fence.
The visiting Vikings scored all three of their runs in the fourth, temporarily closing within four runs. However, the Rebels answered with two runs in their half of the inning. A one-out walk to Neil Zaslow was followed by a Gary Yates single and a rope to right field by Ray Gordon, plating two runs and boosting the led to 9-4.
The home fifth saw more fireworks as the hot-hitting Rebels pushed across five more runs. Clean-up hitter Russell McCluskey opened the inning by crushing a triple and was brought home by another line drive by Tom Christy. Jeff Farrington then mashed a long two-run home run to left. After a free pass to Larry Rego, hits by Zaslow, Yates, Gordon and Kuhlman closed out the scoring in the fifth.
After Yates continued his domination of the Vikings batting order in the sixth inning, the Rebels scored a single run to end the game by a mercy-rule 12-run margin, 15-3.
The Rebels bats were scorching hot, banging out 21 hits in only six innings. Every starter had at least one hit. Tom Christy and Ray Gordon led the way by going 3-3. Mark Koehler also had three hits (3-4), with Lambert Alapai, Jeff Farrington, and Gary Yates adding two hits apiece.
Gary Yates threw a masterful game in challenging cross-wind conditions, holding the Vikings to only three runs on seven hits.
Hitting – Tom Christy 3-3, Ray Gordon 3-3, Mark Koehler 3-4, Lambert Alapai 2-3, Gary Yates 2-3, Jeff Farrington 2-4, 1H: Tom Kuhlman, Russell McCluskey, Larry Rego, Neil Zaslow, Myles Yoshida, Clay Carvahlo