Rebels softball win big twice to start season
The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels softball team won two games by the 10-run rule to start the 2014 season.
On Monday, April 21, the Rebels beat the Aitkin Gobblers 14-3. Ally Bode was the winning pitcher in the five inning game. No further details were available.
On Tuesday, April 22, MLWR took care of the Floodwood Polar Bears 14-4 in another five inning game. Ally Bode got the win and she had seven strikeouts. The Rebels out-hit the Polar Bears 11-4.
Bode fanned lead-off Megan Aho on a high heater. Sydney Lough dropped a single over the left middle. With Amanda Baker up, it was a nice force from Andrea Youngberg at third to Nikki Grutkoski at second to get the lead runner. Honna Hendrickson reached on an error at first for runners on second and first, but Bode got Haylee Aho to reach to a high one and the Polar Bears stranded two.
Bode walked and Morgan Prachar spanked a sharp single up the middle. Youngberg grounded back to the circle, but Jessica Paull reached on an error at short for 1-0. A wild pitch to Maddie Milczark made it 2-0. Jodi Michalski ripped a liner off the pitcher's glove for an RBI and 3-0. Alyssa Wright ground back to the pitcher.
Bode walked Mary Rhodes and Ryann Koivisto. Brenna Sago singled through the right side for bases loaded. Mikayla Koivisto got an RBI the easy way as Bode walked in a run for 3-1. Aho fanned Aho and Sydney Lough grounded to second for a tag out but there was no double play for 3-2. Bauer was Bode's No. 4 strikeout as the freshman pitched out of further trouble.
Suzy Grutkoski walked and Bode singled up the middle. Grutkoski alertly kept going with an overthrow at third and scored for 4-2. Prachar's hit back to the box was an RBI for 5-2. Youngberg grounded to second. Paull walked and Milczark was up, she stole second before Milczark grounded to short, but two errors ensued on that play and another run crossed for 6-2. Milczark was out trying to steal third.
The Rebels took care of the Polar Bears quickly in the top of the third. Hendrickson was strikeout No. 5 for Bode. Aho grounded to Grutkoski. A walk was issued to Rhodes, but Koivisto was caught looking for K6 for Bode.
Nikki Grutkoski drove a single up the middle. Michalski ran out an infield hit. Wright popped up for an infield fly rule. Suzy Grutkoski laid down a perfect hit on the third base line for a single. Bode walked in a run for 7-2. A throw to the plate was too late for 8-2. Youngberg's grounder to second was enough for 9-2. Paull singled for 10-2. Milczark beat out a roller up the middle for 11-2 before Nikki Grutkoski popped to the pitcher.
Aho's roller to third required a great play between Youngberg and Michalski as Youngberg gunned the very long throw and Michalski did the splits for the out. Sydney Lough was looking for Bode's seventh strikeout. As Bauer grounded to second, the Rebels had a 1-2-3 inning. Michalski hit a nice single up the middle and an infield hit by Wright followed. Nicole Newham got an at-bat, but grounded back to the pitcher. On a nubber back to the pitcher and a throw to first, Michalski scored for 12-2. Youngberg grounded to first.
Lough lofted a double to the opposite field. Bauer walked. With Hendrickson up, a wild pitch allowed runners to advance to second and third. Another wild pitch made it 12-4. A single up the middle followed. A steal preceded a walk to Rhodes. An attempted steal off third was an out. Miranda Young got an at-bat and a wild pitch allowed runners to second and third before Young rolled back to Bode and it stayed 12-4.
Paull reached on a low throw from second. Milczark fanned. Paull stole with Nikki Grutkoski up and also stole third before Grutkoski walked. Michalski's very deep double to left looked as though it might be playable, but nevertheless scored a run for 13-4. Tayler Miler got an at-bat, but never got to swing as a wild pitch sent the winning run across for 14-4 for the big and impressive 10-run rule win.
The Rebels were 10-runned by the Cherry Tigers on Friday, April 25. No details were available.