Playoffs begin, Outlaws beat Brookston
The local Outlaws American Legion baseball team beat Brookston 8-2 on a hot Monday, July 21 in Moose Lake in the first round of playoff action.
Rex Janke pitched a complete game, fanning six while sprinkling nine hits. Charlie Adamczak drove in two runs for the Outlaws, including a stand-up double.
Janke was greeted by a sharp single to center and a steal preceeded his first strikeout. An infield single found its way up the middle, but the Brookston runner was red-lighted at third. The following Brookston batter seemed to have hit into a double play, but it was not quite turned at first and it was 1-0 for the visitors. A balk preceded a single that was a shot up the middle. A steal came before Janke fanned his second on a fine curve ball. Brookston had stranded a pair, but had gotten one.
Lead-off lefty Teddy Ryan took a walk and Jesse Granfors was hit by pitch. A bunt by Brad Fossum was a beauty as the locals advanced the runners. Janke's deep foul fly to left stayed in play and the tag was made for 1-1. Granfors was caught in a run-down trying to advance to third. With Adamczak at plate, a throw-away allowed the runner to advance and a wild pitch put the runner on third for Adamczak who served up a stand-up double of an RBI to the power alley for 2-1. A wild pitch ensued before Wyatt Lampel bounced to short.
Janke walked the lead-off. A drive to center was charged by Hunter Halverson, but the throw to try to double-up the runner hit the base runner. A fly to center required a great play by Halverson. Janke notched K3 and it stayed 2-1, Outlaws.
Kody Gerard ran out a nubber and the errant throw by the pitcher got the Outlaws off to a good start as Gerard sprinted to second on the error. Halverson put down a very good sacrifice bunt to move Gerard to third. Chet Morgan's roller to second was good enough for an RBI and 3-1. Ryan's soft roller to third became an error. Granfors took his second hit-by-pitch in as many at-bats. Fossum flied deep to center.
Janke recorded his fourth strikeout. A rocket of a single went over third. A roller to first was a solo put-out by Morgan. A nubber to third required a good play by Adamczak and it stayed 3-1.
Janke faced a new pitcher and battled to earn his walk and Joey Whited went in to pinch run. Whited stole with Adamczak up. Whited alertly stole third on a high floater. Adamczak's one bouncer caught Whited off third and he was dead at the plate on the slide as Brookston's catcher did a good job blocking the plate. Fossum spanked a single through the pitcher's legs and stole prior to Janke walking. Adamczak drove in a run for 3-1. Lampel flied out. Adamczak hustled home on a wild pitch for 4-1. Halverson's fly was deep enough for an RBI and 5-1 before Morgan flied to center.
Janke put K5 in the books before a soft into left with a wood bat. Lampel, to Fossum to Morgan was a tailor-made double play.
Ryan flied to center, as did Granfors. Fossum hit another sharp single up the middle and stole with Janke up. Janke walked. Adamczak's nice single to the power alley was good for 6-12. With Lampel up, runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Lampel laced a liner to left but it was well-played. The Outlaws stranded the two in scoring position, but had staked Janke to a big 6-1 lead.
A single was slapped though the left side. A nubber down first was nicely played by Janke, but an error in left ensued. The local nearly turned another double play and it was 6-2. Janke took care of a tap-back.
Gerard battled and punched a single through the left side. Halverson put down his second beautiful sacrifice bunt. Morgan was an out, but Gerard had stolen third and came home on a wild pitch for 7-2 before Ryan grounded out.
A liner back to box was a nifty stab by Janke and he caught the next Brookston batter looking for K6. A walk followed. A roller to short was nearly a great bare-handed play by Fossum. A fly to center was camped under by Halverson.
Granfors lined to short and Fossum walked. With Janke up, Fossum stole. Janke hit a hot one to the hot corner for a line out. Adamczak ran out an infield single. Lampel got an RBI single for 8-2 before Gerard hit into a force out at second.
Janke issued a walk and gave up a single to left and a steal followed. Janke waved off everyone to take a towering fly between the mound and first. A foul out to left was a good play and Ryan raced in and rolled for a fantastic play to its end, Outlaws 8, Brookston 2.