The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels used a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh to win a very exciting baseball game over the Floodwood Polar Bears 7-6 in Moose Lake on Tuesday, April 30.
Justin Hall led off Floodwood and drilled a double to left. Polar Bear Riley Bernsdorf rolled out in front as Rebels starting pitcher Tony Adamczak made a fine play to gun to Jake Christopherson at first. Polar Bear Trevor Bernsdorf walked and kept going for second with Hall sprinting for home as the Polar Bears tried to manufacture a first run, but the out was recorded as Brad Fossum stood his ground and made the tag. Polar Bear clean-up Ross Schminski grounded to Rebel Jerry Young at short and the Polar Bears stranded a runner on third and got nothing.
Rebel Teddy Ryan flew to center. Fossum rapped back to pitcher Trevor Bernsdorf. Young walked and was stealing with Christopherson up, but Christopherson was out on a dropped third strike and a throw down. Jarred Haggedahl grounded to second and Kyle Tamminen’s high hopper was Adamczak’s second good play as he charged the third baseline and cut it off and gunned to first. Polar Bear Jonah Schnortz walked Willow Christensen sharply singled to left. With runners on first and second, nine-hitter Tanner Haggedahl singled for two RBIs as the throw home was too late and got away from Fossum for 2-0. Hall walked, but Bernsdorf grounded to Young for a force out to Dylan Lovegreen at third and it stayed 2-0.
Adamczak was called, Kody Gerard walked, as did Zach Paull. Lovegreen popped the opposite way, but Jesse Granfors smashed a two-run double to deep center for 2-2 before Ryan lined back to the box.
Trevor Bernsdorf bounced a single off the second sack. Schminski feigned a bunt before grounding to Lovegreen who recovered well to make the long throw the first in time. Jarred Heggedhal walked for runners on first and second. After Tamminen walked, the Rebels got another out at home on another good play as Fossum held his ground as Schminski had singled up the middle. After Tamminen walked, Schnortz grounded softly to Lovegreen who made the unassisted force out at third and it stayed 2-2 through two.
Fossum singled through the right side. Young popped to left center and Christopher son popped to first. Fossum set to steal with Adamczak up, but it was a ground out to second.
Ryan took over the pitching duties with the game still tied 2-2. Polar Bear Christensen flew to left and Tanner Haggedahl bounced to short. Hall walked and stole with Riley Bernsdorf up. Bernsdorf jacked a no-doubt two-RBI homer for 4-2, Floodwood. Trevor Bernsdorf walked, but Schminski popped to short.
Rebel Gerard smacked a nice single to left. Paul rolled down first and turned into a double play. Lovegreen was caught looking as the Rebels stranded one and it stayed 4-2 through four innings.
Jarred Haggedahl popped to Young. Tamminen rapped a single to right. Schnortz fled to right. Christensen was fanned by Ryan.
Granfors walked and Ryan spanked a single. Fossum smoked an RBI double to the gap for 3-4. With runners on second and third, Young crushed a stand-up two-RBI double and the Rebels were up 5-4. Adamczak dropped a single over second to score a run and ML-WR went up 6-4 as Young had scored before a pop up.
Jarred Haggedahl’s roller was made to look easy by Young’s gun. Hall flied to left. Riley Bernsdorf nearly had his second homer, but it became a long out as Gerard made a fine to track it down by the fence as ML-WR notched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Polar Bears recorded a 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth as Paull grounded to second, Lovegreen went down swinging and Granfors grounded to second.
Trevor Bernsdorf grounded to Young who was now pitching for the save. Schminski spanked a single through the left side. Jarred Haggedahl was a walk. Tamminen’s grounder to second was the Rebels' first error to load the bases. Schnortz scorched a single through the middle for 5-6. Young used a nifty curve to get Christensen, but a wild pitch ensued for 6-6. However, with a runner trying to advance to third, Fossum made the throw to Lovegreen to keep it 6-6.
Ryan singled the opposite way. With Fossum up, Ryan stole second. A wild pitch allowed Ryan to advance to third. Fossum laid an absolutely perfect bunt half way down the first base line. Ryan ran for home, slid, and scored on the suicide for the victory in the very exciting game for 7-6, Rebels.