Bombers batter Rebels
The Barnum Bombers hosted and battered the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels 7-1 on Tuesday, May 6. Barnum banged out four doubles. Sophomore Chris Carlson pitched six innings with nine strikeouts, allowing just three hits and two walks, for the win. Carlson also was the leader at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles. Zac Carlson was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Chase Peterson was 2-for-3 with double. The Rebels got a 2-for-2 performance out of Jesse Granfors and Wyatt Lampel drove in MLWR's one run with a single.
Lefty Teddy Ryan led off and worked for a 3-2 walk. Granfors, also a lefty, rapped a single through the right side. Brad Fossum was caught looking. Lampel laced a liner to second and the Bombers doubled up the lead runner to strand two in scoring position.
Chris Carlson led off and hit a high Texas Leaguer of sorts that got up into the stiff wind and fell over short shortstop. Fossum caught Carlson attempting to steal and he was out in a run-down. Nathan Duesler grounded to second. Zac Carlson towering fly to center was squeezed by Ryan.
Kody Gerard chopped back to Chris Carlson. Dylan Lovegreen grounded right between the first baseman's legs, but Duesler was on the spot to make the hustling play and get the out on a fine back-up. Rex Janke was looking.
Mitchell Weller was a standing K for Fossum. Tory Slater was a four-pitch walk. Chase Peterson put down a good sacrifice bunt to advance Slater. Jaxon Lind was a 3-2 walk. Tommy Ziegler softly lined back to Fossum and the Bombers stranded two as it stayed scoreless through two innings.
Charlie Adamczak fanned on a curve. Joey Whited was a fly out behind second and Ryan nubbed out in front for a 1-2-3 for Barnum.
Ryan came in to pitch. Colton Ziegler lined a single into center. Carlson singled. Duesler bunted ands reached on an error to load the bases for Zac Carlson and the senior delivered with a two-run RBI single to left for 2-0. Weller was fanned by Ryan. Slater got a RBI single for 3-0. Peterson's ball up the middle seemed to have double written all over it, but only one out was accomplished and it was 4-0. Peterson stole with Lind at the plate, but Lind looked and Barnum stranded the runner.
Granfors rapped his second single with a solid hit to left center. Fossum tried to first-pitch hit, but flied to right. Granfors stole second and it paid off as clean-up Lampel laced a nice RBI single the opposite way for 4-1. Gerard sacrifice bunted to move the runner, but Lovegreen was caught watching for K four for Carlson.
Tommy Ziegler was on a bouncer up the middle with a good play required by shortstop Fossum. Colton Ziegler flied to left. Chris Carlson slugged his second double, but was stranded as Duesler tapped back to the box and it stayed 4-1 through four innings.
Janke starred at strike three for K five for Carlson and Adamczak did the same. Whited went down swinging for a 1-2-3 on all Ks by Carlson.
JJ Saylor came in to pitch for MLWR. Zac Carlson appeared to have bounced out to second, but there was no pick at first and Carlson had hustled it out. Weller was hit by pitch. Carlson was not checked and got an easy rolling steal of third. Slater sacrificed bunted and Carlson kept coming and scored easily. Peterson reached on an error, but Weller stayed put at third. Lind looked for K one for Sayler, but Tommy Ziegler came through with a two-RBI double to the power ally for 7-1. Colton Zielger was out on a slow roller to short.
Ryan rolled to second. Granfors was only Carlson's second walk. After Granfors stole, head coach Tony Bender and his bunch gathered briefly and Carlson kept hurling. It was a good decision as he got Fossum looking and Lampel went down swinging for K number nine and the Rebels stranded the runner in scoring position.
Carlson slugged his second double and third hit of the game. Carlson stole third with Duesler up. A wild pitch ensued, but Carlson chose to stay put with the Bombers already up by six runs. Sayler lost Duesler to a walk. Zac Carlson was tossed as he chirped about his strike three call. Weller watched as well for Saylor's third K and Barnum stranded Chris Carlson at third.
Slater pitched for the save for Barnum to finish it out. Gerard first-pitch hit, but grounded to second. Lovegreen lined to left and Janke watched to end it as the Bombers went to 2-0 with the impressive win while the Rebels went even at 3-3 with the defeat.