Abilene Rebels Season to Begin Today

The Abilene Rebels 16-18 year-olds Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team will open the 2017 season on the road versus Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 31. The Rebels have seven players returning from last year’s team, which finished with a 22-8 record, and will have some new faces too. The 2016 Rebels’ season came to an end with three one-run losses in the Babe Ruth State Tournament, including a 15-inning game to eventual state champion Wellington.

Billy Hansen enters his 17th season as Head Coach with a 246-150 career record and likes what he sees of his team.

“We have a lot of experience returning to the team this year and have a lot of players that have experience playing at the varsity level on the Abilene High School team that had a good season,” said Abilene Head Coach Billy Hansen.

“We will have a nice roster this season and will get some younger players, without a lot of experience at this level, some good playing time and see what we can do. Those younger players have been in the program and are moving up due to age. The older kids will have to step up and be good leaders. We have a chance to be pretty good this season and win a lot of ball games. We have a lot of games in a short period of time in June but look to again have a good post-season on the Babe Ruth Tournament trail. It’s going to be exciting for the Kansas teams advancing out of the State Tournament this season because Kansas is the host-state for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament…and it is in Junction City. The season will be tough again, but we will compete hard each game and have some fun,” Hansen continued.

All of the home games for the Abilene Rebels are played at Ted Power Field in Abilene. There is no admission charge to attend the home games. A full schedule is listed below.

2017 Abilene Rebels Schedule

Wed., May 31:  at Minneapolis        6pm & 8pm
Sat., Jun. 3:  ABC Alumni Game   2:30pm (Alumni batting practice at 1pm)
Sun., Jun. 4:  vs. Wamego             2pm & 4pm
Fri.-Sun., Jun. 90-11:  Cowtown Showdown Tournament at Kansas City
Wed., Jun. 15:  vs. Junction City     6pm & 8pm
Fri., Jun. 16:  vs. Ellsworth               6pm & 8pm
Sun., Jun. 18: open                          
Tues., Jun. 20:  at Junction City       6pm & 8pm
Thurs., Jun. 22:  vs. Salina                6pm & 8pm
Sun., Jun. 25:  at Wamego                3pm & 5pm
Mon., Jun., 26:  at Salina (Dean Evans Stadium) 6pm & 8pm
Thurs., Jun., 29: vs. Minneapolis   6pm & 8pm
Jul. 5-Jul. 10:  Babe Ruth District Tournament at Moundridge
Jul. 13-Jul. 17:  Babe Ruth State Tournament at Wellington (if qualify)
Jul. 20-Jul. 25:  Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional Tournament at Junction City (if qualify)
Aug. 5-Aug. 12:  Babe Ruth World Series at Ephrata, Washington (if qualify)

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