By Al Rose 

Rebels lose to Eskomos at home


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Jesse Granfors has two singles for the Rebels April 28 against Esko at home.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels were out-hit just 11-7 but had a hard time getting runners across the plate as they lost 4-1 in Moose Lake Tuesday, April 28. Brad Fossum took the loss as he pitched five innings and gave up eights hits while striking out four and walking five.

Eric Prachar led the Rebels at the plate as he had two singles and drove in MLWR's lone run. Jesse Granfors had two singles. The Rebels had two errors and Esko had one miscue.

A slow chopper to third was run out for an infield hit. A very long fly to center made Teddy Ryan retreat a bit but he read it well. A sharp single to right made it runners on the corners. A steal and a throw to second allowed a run to come home for 1-0. Wyatt Lampel handled a pop to second, but a wild pitch put a runner on third and an RBI single made it 2-0. Another wild pitch advanced a runner to second and Fossum issued his first walk. Fossum fanned the next as Esko stranded two but got two on the three singles.

Lefty lead-off Ryan bounced to first. Granfors dropped a shallow single into left. Fossum nearly hit into a double play. Prachar singled to left and Fossum really hustled and slid in hard and was safe at third. Lampel struck out and the Rebels stranded two and got none.

Prachar committed an error at shortstop. Fosssum got an Eskomo looking and a steal followed. Charlie Adamczak made a nice play to knock down a hard hit ball to save a potential run. Fossum got his third K. A towering fly was one for Gerard to camp under in right field and Esko stranded two in scoring position.

Rex Janke walked, but Gerard struck out and Adamczak hit into a double play.

Esko got their fifth single and it got past Joey Whited to allow the runner to take second. Fossum recorded his fourth K. A bouncer came back to Fossum and he looked at third but took the out at first. Fossum walked his second. A roller up the middle was handled by Lampel and Esko stranded two more in scoring position.

Whited was a throw down to first strike out. Granfors smacked his second single. Esko made an error at second. Prachar's single - his second hit - was an RBI for 2-1. Lampel struck out.

A fly went to Ryan in center. Esko got an infield single. Granfors made a great throw to erase a steal attempt. An Eskomo grounded to Lampel.

Janke fanned. Gerard grounded to second. Adamczak got the Rebels' fifth hit with a single up the middle. Whited walked, but Ryan hit into a force as the Rebels stranded a pair.

Fossum walked his third. A hit-and-run single and a walk prompted a meeting at the mound. A sacrifice fly to center made it 3-1 but another out went into the books as the runner at second had left early. Runners advanced on what appeared to be a passed ball. Walk number five loaded the bases back up but an unassisted ground out to third closed the top of fifth with the Eskomos now leading by two runs.

Granfors flied to center, Fossum rapped to short and Prachar flied to right as the Eskomos had a 1-2-3 inning.

Lampel came in to relieve Fossum who went to short and Prachar took second. A single, a steal and a single through the left side ensued for runners on second and third. Lampel got a strike out but a sacrifice fly followed for 4-1. A fly went to Gerard in right and Esko stranded one in scoring position but had increased its lead to 4-1.

Lampel struck out. Janke legged out an infield hit, but Gerard's liner to second had Janke dead as he was doubled up off first.

A single up the middle was Esko's 11th hit and a passed ball allowed the runner to take second. Lampel notched a K. Fossum took care of a pop out. A hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases. Prachar was brought in to pitch and recorded a K to strand the three Esko runners.

Adamczak walked and advanced on a passed ball with Whited at the plate. Whited's single to center was the Rebels seventh hit, but Ryan flied to left, Granfors was caught watching and Fossum hopped into a force at second to end the short-lived potential rally.

The Rebels host the Proctor Rails on Friday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.


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