By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels win against Tigers

 

Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Chet Morgan drives in the winning run on May 23 against Rush City in Moose Lake.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels baseball team battled from an 11-4 sixth-inning deficit for a dramatic 12-11 win against the Rush City Tigers in Moose Lake on Monday, May 23. MLWR out-hit Rush City 13-9. The Tigers came in right around the .500 mark. MLWR, with its fifth consecutive victory, improved to .500 with a record of 9-9.

Both teams had some tough times defensively. The Tigers suffered six errors that frequently led to Rebels runs, plus MLWR got one run off a wild pitch. MLWR had three errors in the fourth inning to allow Rush City to go up 8-2. The Rebels had two wild pitches and one passed ball for three of the Tigers runs. The Tigers tore it up on the base paths with 6-for-7 success. Joey Whited had the Rebels only steal.

Mark Fossum led the Rebels at the plate as he went 3-for-5, including a triple with three RBIs. Rex Janke went 2-for-4, including a two-run homer and he scored three runs. Wyatt Lampel went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and he scored three runs.

Three Rebels pitchers combined to strikeout 10 Tigers while only three MLWR batters struck out. Each teams' pitchers issued a combined five walks. Brendon Fogelberg ended up earning the win as he pitched one and two thirds innings with three strikeouts, no walks, no hits and no runs.

Joey Whited got the pitching start for the Rebels and was greeted with a chopped infield single and a steal. Whited fanned his first, but a dropped third strike allowed the runner to advance to third and a passed ball let the Tigers have a 1-0 lead before Brennen Sylvester squeezed a foul tip.

Whited hit a deep high fly that appeared it could have been caught in left. With Nick Wegge at the plate, Whited was already off and running on a poorly executed pick-off move to first. Wegge's grounder to short got Whited to third. Wyatt Lampel got a fielder's choice RBI for 1-1. Rex Janke spanked a sharp single into left. Mark Fossum's stand-up triple to the opposite alley put MLWR up 2-1. Chet Morgan's grounder to short standed Fossum.

A pop up behind first was followed by a four-pitch walk and a hit-and-run single was followed by a walk to load the bases. Whited struck out his third, but a wild pitch followed for 2-2 before a pop to short.

With two outs, Brendon Fogelberg's hot grounder handcuffed the third baseman and Whited ripped a single under that player's glove. Wegge walked, but Lampel popped to second with the bases loaded.

Each team had a 1-2-3 third inning.

A hard hopper to short got over Fossum. A single was driven to center. An infield fly followed, but a single through the right side put the Tigers up 3-2. Whited's third walk loaded the bases. A single to left was an RBI plus two more came in as it got past the fielder for 6-2. The Rebels got the second out after a hit-by-pitch with a fly to center, but an RBI double to right and an RBI single through the right side took it to 8-2. Janke came in to pitch and he got a ground out to short to exit.

Fogelberg reached on an error at second, but did not advance. Janke caught his first looking in the fifth and fanned the second, but it got away from Sylvester. Sylvester redeemed himself by gunning down a steal attempt.

Although Wegge popped to short to start the bottom of the fifth, Lampel laced a sharp single to left. Janke took a first-pitch offering well over the power alley fence for a two-run homer and 8-4 before the Tigers got out of the inning.

A double to center was followed by a sacrifice bunt to get the runner to third and a run came in on a wild pitch for 9-4. Two walks and three steals became two-run trouble with a double to the left corner for 11-4. Fogelberg relieved Janke and did a good job, starting with a strikeout. Although a steal of third ensued, a ground out to third got MLWR out of the inning.

Although Hansen struck out, Fogelberg singled up the middle and Remington Stark pinch-ran and got second on a blown pick-off try by the catcher. Whited flew to left, but Wegge reached on an error for runners on the corners. Lampel got his second RBI as he singled through to left side for 11-5. Janke was hit-by-pitch to load the bases and a wild pitch made it 11-6 before Fossum singled to right for 11-8. Morgan's high fly was fairly deep and was an error on the Tigers' left fielder for 11-9 before Rush City was finally able to exit after MLWR had batted around the order.

Fogelberg did an excellent job in the top of the seventh as the fanned two and got one with a pop behind second for a 1-2-3 inning.

Although Fogelberg popped foul to third, Whited walked and Wegge hit a stand-up RBI double for 11-10 to chase the Tigers starter. The Tigers took a calculated risk to intentionally walk Lampel as the Rebels batting average leader had already gone 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Although the educated guess may have worked, Janke drove a very deep fly quite close the fence in left center and the left fielder committed another error for 11-11. Fossum advanced Janke to third with a solid hit to right. Morgan struggled and had two strikes, but he shook it off, dug in and drove the game-winning walk-off single through the left side for the dramatic 12-11 win.

 

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