MLWR gets past Pine City
The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels baseball teamkept up their winning ways and went to a record of 7-3 as they got past the Pine City Dragons with a close 4-3 game in Moose Lake on Friday, May 16. Teddy Ryan earned the pitching win as he fanned seven in six innings and Brad Fossum picked up a save as he came in after Ryan lost the seventh inning lead off to a walk. Kody Gerard led the Rebels at the plate with a single and a triple.
Pine City's lead off reached on an infield single to third. The Dragons went with a good sacrifice bunt to advance the runner. Ryan fired a strikeout and got the final hitter to bounce to third.
Fossum dropped a slicing single into right. The Rebels perfectly executed a hit-and-run as Fossum was off and running and Gerard spanked a sharp single through the right side for runners at the corners for Jesse Granfors. Gerard took the give-me and Fossum stayed put at third. Granfors belted a plenty deep enough sacrifice fly to center for a sacrifice fly and 1-0. Clean-up Rex Janke ripped a single into left. Dylan Lovegreen popped out behind shortstop. Charlie Adamczak's long fly to the power alley was tracked down.
Ryan notched his second strikeout on a high heater, but the following batter reached on an infield single on a very tough play for Fossum on a ball heading up the middle. A bouncer to third was an out. A soft chopper down third required a fine charge, spin and long throw by Ryan to get the out as Pine City stranded one.
Ryan ripped a single through the left and stole with JJ Sayler at the plate with the call being close at second. A wild pitch allowed Ryan to take third. Sayler fanned as he reached for a curve. Joey Whited's nubber out in front became a run as the catcher chose to try to get Whited and beaned him for 2-0. Fossum's bouncer to short was a force at second, but no double play. With Gerard at the plate, Fossum was caught leaning, but the run down quickly went awry as the first baseman mishandled it and a run scored for 3-0. Lefty Gerard delivered a RBI for 4-0 by crushing a triple to the power alley. Granfors reached on an error at second. Janke ended up walking as he worked the count after Granfors took second on a wild pitch. Lovegreen was hit-by-pitch, Adamczak drilled it to third and nearly reached as he almost dodged the tag, but missed the bag.
The Dragons would quickly close the gap. Casey Lucht's grounder to third was an error. Noah Adams sharply singled to left, but Lucht held at third. Austin Pavelta tore an RBI double to deep left for 4-1. Dewey Carp's hard liner was an out at first and the runner was dead as he tried for third, but one run scored for 4-2. Colton Brandt walked. Marcus Scarborough cracked an RBI double to right center for 4-3. Andrew Blake was hit-by-pitch. Quinn Rarick's long fly to left stranded two, but the Dragons had closed the gap to one run.
Mitch Hansmann watched for Ryan's fifth K. Lucht popped behind the shortstop. Adams walked and stole with Pavelta up. Ryan got his sixth K as he froze Pavelta with a nice curve.
Gerard popped a foul behind first. Granfors took a four-pitch walk and stole with Janke at bat. Janke worked for another walk. Lovegreen waved at a curve. Adamczak grounded into a tag out at third as the Rebels stranded two and clung to the one run lead through four innings.
A fly to left was followed by walk. With Scarborough up, the Dragons tried to execute the hit and run, but a liner was right at Adamczak in center and on a fine one-hop throw, the runner was doubled up.
Ryan bounced to second. Sayler popped to second and Whited took it tough on what appeared to be a low one as the Dragons recorded a 1-2-3 inning.
The Rebels would return the favor as a foul tip was hung onto by Granfors, a roller went to short and Hansmann flied deep to Whited in left.
Fossum rapped back to the box. Gerard reached on a error at first as the throw from third was not handled. Gerard barely made it on a steal with Granfors at bat. Gerard got caught too far off and was picked off. Granfors lined out to second.
As Ryan lost Lucht to a walk, Fossum took over the pitching duties for a potential save. A steal ensued before a good sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to third. The Dragons went to the well one too many times. A squeeze failed miserably as Granfors caught the little pop foul and fired Lovegreen at third and erased the runner and, with that, the threat to end the game.