Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Al Rose 

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels get past Two Harbors Agates


Moose Lake/Willow River out-hit the Agates just 7-6, but the Rebels played good defense and took advantage of a pair of late-game errors to get past Two Harbors with a 5-3 win in Proctor on Tuesday, May 26. The Rebels, with a 13-7 record, had only one early miscue and advanced to play the evening game in Section 7AA.

Brad Fossum had a solo homer and a single. Jesse Granfors had two singles with an RBI. Erick Prachar had a double and Wyatt Lampel had an RBI single to lead 13-7 ML/WR at the plate. Teddy Ryan earned the pitching win, sprinkling six hits and walking five while pitching six and one-thirds innings before Fossum closed to polish it off.

Ryan grounded to short and Fossum flied to right, but Prachar got a first-pitch for a stand-up double. Kody Gerard reached on an error at second. Lampel laced an RBI single through the left side. Granfors dropped an RBI single into center for 2-0 before Adamczak popped to right.

Ryan walked the first he faced. An attempted throw down to first was an error and a walk followed with a wild pitch allowing runners to take second and third before Ryan fanned his first. An RBI single made it 2-1 with runners on the corners. The Rebels got the out on a roller up the middle but it was 2-2 and Ryan walked his third. A single to left was a nice throw by Charlie Adamczak to his relay man Prachar with a perfect shot to Granfors at home to keep it 2-2.

Rex Janke and Joey Whited each fanned and Ryan flied to left for a 1-2-3 for the Agates.

Lampel took care of a pop out. Lampel made nice play to get to one that looked to have found its way through and Ryan alertly covered on a close play. The Agates third hit was a stand-up double. A grounder to third was a nice play by Prachar.

Fossum pulled a first pitch offering for a solo homer to left to 3-2. Prachar flied to center and Adamczak bounced to third. Lampel tried to stretch a double into a triple and was dead.

A tough hop to Fossum was an infield hit. A towering fly took Hunter Halverson to the warning track. A pop fly way deep in the hole was well played by Fossum and Fossum followed by handling a routine ground out.

Granfors reached on a perfect bunt single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Adamczak. Janke got caught looking. Granfors stole third with Whited up. Whited worked hard for a walk. Ryan got a lot of one to center, but it was a long out and it stayed 3-2, Rebels.

An Agate singled into left and Ryan got his second K, but followed with a walk. An RBI single knotted it up 3-3. A grounder to short was a smart play by Fossum to Granfors to get the lead runner at home. With runners on the corners, Two Harbors tried a trick play by sending a runner to second, but the Rebels were ready as Lampel cut it off and gunned it to Granfors to keep it tied.

Fossum flied to center, Prachar flied to right and Gerard flied to right for a 1-2-3 for the Agates.

The Rebels returned the favor with a nice back-handed play near the grass by Fossum, a strikeout for Ryan and a fly to right.

Lampel flied to center, Granfors grounded to center, but Adamczak sharply singled to center. David Moonen got a chance to pinch hit, but was watching.

Prachar made two nice plays at third and Adamczak camped under a fly to left for a 1-2-3 for ML/WR.

Whited grounded unassisted to first. Ryan tried to bunt his on, but Two Harbors’ catcher got out quickly and fired it down. Fossum rocketed an infield hit off the pitching rubber and stole with Prachar at the plate. Prachar’s deep fly to center was mishandled for an error and 4-3. Gerard reached on an error at short and the Rebels were up 5-3 before Lampel flied to center.

Lampel made a nifty bare-handed grab on a weird hop. Ryan issued a four-pitch walk. Fossum came in for the save and got a pop out to first and a ground out to Lampel.

Rebels lose to Lumberjacks

In the second game of day, the Rebels fell 8-3 to the Cloquet Lumberjacks. No details of the game were posted.

ML/WR has season end in Nashwauk

With the double-elimination format, the Rebels traveled to Nashwauk on Thursday, May 28 to meet the Hermantown Hawks. The Rebels were eliminated in a 10-0 five-inning game. Kody Gerard spoiled a five-inning no-hitter bid as he had a hit for the Rebels. ML-WR ended the season with a respectable 13-9 record.

Rebels close out softball season with close loss

Being in the double-elimination format, the Rebels played Cloquet in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, May 26. ML-WR fell behind 5-0 before coming close in a bid for a come back and losing 5-4 to the Lumberjacks.

Ally Bode had five strikeouts. Josie Benzie had an RBI. The Rebels ended the 2015 campaign with an excellent record of 19-6.


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