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By Al Rose 

Rebels edge Rails with walk-off homer


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Brad Fossum hits a double against Proctor.

The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels got a walk-off two-RBI home runs from Kody Gerard to edge the Proctor Rails 6-4 in Moose Lake on Friday, May 8. Gerard also had an infield single and a stand-up lead ML-WR's batters.

Teddy Ryan pitched five innings and exited leading 3-1 after striking one, walking six, but allowing only one run on four hits. Ryan added two hits to help his cause. Brad Fossum had a RBI double. The Rebels out-hit the Rails just 9-7. MLWR improved to 9-4 with the win while Proctor went to 8-5.

Ryan was greeted with a double down the left side and a single to left with the runner red-lighted at third. Rex Janke made a smart decision to go home with a bouncer to first and Jesse Granfors made an easy tag. A wild pitch made it runners on second and third. A high fly went to Hunter Halverson in center who hit his relay man and Granfors made a shoulder tag on a close call.

Ryan singled up the middle on the first pitch and Granfors singled to advance Ryan to third. Fossum got a one RBI double and advanced to third as Granfors was thrown out at home for 1-0. Eric Prachar fanned but Gerard got an RBI on an infield single for 2-0. Wyatt Lampel singled up the middle. Adamczak's liner to third was dropped to load the bases for Halverson. A wild pitch allowed a run for 3-0 before Halverson tapped back to the pitcher.

Ryan issued a walk, but a grounder to third got the lead runner. A double went to the gap. A short fly went to Adamczak and the base runner was cut down as the Rebels defense continued to shine.

Joey Whited popped behind second. Ryan ran out a roller to short for his second hit. Granfors flied to right. Fossum fanned and Ryan was out trying to steal.

Janke handled a roller and on a pop foul to first the runner was out for interference. Ryan walked his second and a single went off Janke's glove for runners on the corners. A Rail stole second but a pop to short stranded two in scoring position.

The Rails and the Rebels traded 1-2-3 innings.

Adamczak dropped a single into left. Halverson made a good bunt to advance Adamczak, but Whited was caught watching and Ryan grounded to short.

Lampel mishandled a roller for ML-WR's first error but came right back to retreat and glove a high fly. Ryan walked his third and fourth to call for a meeting on the mound with bases loaded. A drive to the gap became a great play for Halverson to dive for it and save one run but the sacrifice RBI made it 3-1 before a ground out to Lampel.

The Rails set the Rebels down 1-2-3.

Ryan surrendered to Fossum as he walked the first two batters of the sixth inning. A perfect bunt single loaded the bases. A fly to center was a sacrifice RBI for 3-2. With runners on the corners Prachar threw well over Janke reach for the Rebels second error and a 3-3 tie. Prachar redeemed himself on a look-back, a rocket to first and Janke came home for Granfors to apply the tag on the nifty double play.

Gerard drove a stand-up double to the gap, Lampel walked and Adamczak reached on an error with David Moonen in to pinch run. Halverson's fly to center was not enough to second the runners but Whited's grounder to first got a run home for a 4-3 lead. Ryan bounced to second to strand two but the Rebels had worked to a one-run lead.

A single was lined to center. A hopper to second was a force. A steal preceded a walk. Fossum took care of a rap back and lobbed to Prachar for a force at third. A single to center was not cleanly picked and the Rails tied it back up at 4-4. A chopper out in front was well-played by Fossum.

Granfors was out unassisted at first. Fossum grounded to short, but Prachar walked. Lefty Gerard ended it in dramatic fashion as he turned on a waist high pitch and lofted it over the right field fence for a two-run walk-off homer as the Rebels worked hard for the 6-4 victory.

The Rebels close the regular season at home against Duluth Denfeld on Wednesday, May 20 with a 4 p.m. start time.


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