West Lebanon’s Matt Rebyanski was nearly unhittable on the mound in an 8-0 victory over Amfire Mining in the opening round of the Indiana County League playoffs.
Rebyanski threw a one-hitter and faced just one batter over the minimum of 21. He struck out seven, did not issue a walk, and the defense played flawlessly behind him.
“He hit his spots and changed speeds very well,” West Lebanon player-manager Josh Mottorn said. “He did a great job of keeping them off balance all game long. He really came through for us today.”
Rebyanski also was impressive at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
“He came up big offensively,” Mottorn said. “I didn’t even realize he finished with four hits until I looked at the scorebook.”
West Lebanon (13-14-1), the fourth seed, scored in the first on Mottorn’s RBI single and broke the game open with five runs in the second against Amfire (12-11-1), the fifth seed. All of the second-inning runs came after two quick outs, and the rally began with a walk followed by five straight hits.
West Lebanon tacked on a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Mottorn finished with two hits and three RBIs. Mike Percic had two hits, and Garret Mack, Todd Smyers, Shane Wingard and Mitchel Yard each drove in a run.
Amfire Mining’s Trent Ream suffered the loss.
The series resumes this evening at the White Township Recreation Complex.