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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Outlaws slip past Rails in first round of playoffs


Jesse Granfors had a single and drove in the winning run.

The Moose Lake Outlaws slipped past the Proctor Rails by a score of 4-3 in first round playoff action in Moose Lake on Sunday, July 21. Charlie Adamczak earned the win on the mound and Teddy Ryan a pitching save. The Outlaws were out-hit 10-5 in the game. Hits were by Jesse Granfors, Hunter Halverson, David Moonen and Joey Whited.

A line out to third began the game and a walk followed before a fly out to Hunter Halverson in left field. A bounce back to the box ended Proctor’s at-bat as they stranded one runner.

Ryan flied out to deep, dead center, and Halverson fanned. Brad Fossom rolled a curve to the right side as the Outlaws went down 1-2-3.

Granfors made a great play on a backhanded stab deep in the hole from short and one-hopped the very long throws to first to nip the runner. A walk and a single to left made it runners on first and second. A walk loaded the bases, but Adamczak and the Outlaws escaped on a force out at second as the Rails stranded three runners.

Clean-up Rex Janke bounced to short and Granfors walked. With Whited up, Granfors stole second. Whited’s bouncers down third became the Outlaws first hit on the infield single. Moonen, the Outlaws' designated hitter, came up with runners on the corners and a steal made it runners on second and third. Moonen came through with a nice RBI single up the middle for 1-0. Wyatt Lampel was caught looking, but Zach Schwarzbauer’s drive to third was an error and scored two for 3-0 before Ryan hit into a force out.

A single whistled past Adamczak’s ear and a wild pitch allowed the runner to take second. A sharply hit single to the right side put runners on the corners. A throw down to second for an out was traded for a run and 3-1. A walk followed and a chopper with a very high hop up the middle was Proctor’s fourth hit. A force at second was a good play. Fossum made a fine play to block a wild pitch an got the out on a close play at home as Proctor got just one and stranded two.

Halverson drove a first pitch to right, but it was an out. Fossom was watching. Janke reached on an error at short on a low throw to first. Granfors sliced a single the opposite way for the Outlaws second hit, but Whited popped to third and it stated 3-1 as the Outlaws stranded two.

The Rails got successive singles to lead off the top of the fourth and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. A ground out to short followed as there was no slide at home. Fossom had stood his ground, took a wallop and the ball was jarred loose, but the runner was out by rule as no attempt to slide had been and it stayed 3-1. A pop foul to third was an out as Schwarzbauer smartly called off Adamczak to make the good play as the Rails stranded two and got none.

Moonen walked. Lampel’s high pop to the pitcher was dropped and Moonen was hung out to dry at second as he had retreated toward first on what seemed would be an obvious out. Schwarzbauer grounded to second. Ryan reached on a liner to short that was misplayed, but Halverson grounded to first and the locals stranded two to keep it 3-1.

A drive to the right side was an out. A blast to center that ailed was misplayed for an error that became a triple of sorts. A hit followed for an RBI and 3-2 as Proctor closed the gap. A walk by Adamczak loaded the bases and Ryan came in for a potential save. Ryan did a great job, fanning the first he faced and freezing the next he faced as Proctor stranded three.

Fossom flied to left. Janke fanned. Granfors chopped back to the box as the Rails notched a 1-2-3 inning.

A fly went to Halverson, now in center field. Ryan walked one. Schwarzbauer, who was in on the grass, made quite a one hop scoop and the Rails stranded the walked runner.

Whited hopped to third and Moonen watched strike three. Lampel was hit by a pitch and a wild pitch moved him to second, but Schwarzbauer fanned and, with the runner stranded in scoring position, it stayed 3-2 through six innings.

A single, sizzled down third, was Proctors' ninth hit and a steal preceded Ryan's third K. A fly the opposite way was an error, but a seeing-eye trickled between second and first for an RBI and a tie at 3-3. Ryan got his fourth K on a looker.

Ryan hurtled out an infield single for the local’s third hit. Halverson's fantastic bunt down third and in between the mound became a single and the Outlaws had runners at first and second with Granfors coming to the plate. A wild pitch was trouble as the runners moved to second and third. Granfors very well-hit grounder behind second was booted and the winning run cross the plate. The Outlaws had been out-hit 10-4 but had slipped past Proctor with a 4-3 win.


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