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

By Al Rose 

Outlaws edge Esko


The Outlaws were edged 6-5 in Esko on a sunny Wednesday, June 17. Rex Janke took the tough loss as he pitched a complete game with five strikeouts. Janke and Charlie Adamczak each had a double.

Teddy Ryan grounded to second. Brad Fossum worked for a walk. Chris Carlson flied to center. With Janke up, Fossum stole. An error at short scored Fossum for 1-0. Adamczak grounded into a force at second.

Janke got a good start as it was a fly to first, a roller to second and a one hopper to Adamczak at third.

Wyatt Lampel reached on an error at second but was out trying to take second on the overthrow. Jesse Granfors flied to center. Joey Whited got caught looking.

Carlson committed an error at second and a steal preceded a strikeout. A steal of third came before a single through the left side for 1-1 before the Outlaws turned a nice double play.

Hunter Halverson dropped a short single into center. Ryan flied to center. Fossum one hopped to short. Carlson popped to second.

Esko started the bottom of third with a double to the gap in left. One was drilled off Jake’s ankle but Wyatt backed it up and got the out with the runner taking third. A one hopper went to Adamczak and he gunned it home to Granfors to get the out. A steal preceded an error at second and the runner took third. Halverson tracked down a very long fly to keep it 1-1.

Janke doubled to the gap. Adamczak doubled down the left line for 2-1. With Lampel up, a wild pitch moved the runner to third. Lampel’s bouncer got Adamczak home as he made a nice moved to dodge the tag for 3-1. Granfors bunted and an error made it runners on first and second. Whited popped to short. A steal of third came with Halverson up. A wild pitch made it 4-1 Ryan singled up the middle for 5-1. A steal came before Fossum walked. Carlson flied to center.

Janke got his second K with one looking. A seeing-eye single dropped into right. A walk prompted a short chat at the mound. An error made it runners on second and third. Janke fanned one. A chopper out in front was big trouble as it was mishandled and allowed two runs to cross for 5-3. A single to the gap was two RBIs for 5-5 before a fly went to left.

Janke flied to center and Adamczak and Lampel each struck out.

A solo homer to left made it 6-5. A single got away for a runner on second. Janke fired his fourth K. Fossum handled a foul pop at first.

Granfors popped to third. Whited reached as his grounder to short was bobbled a bit and he hustled it out. Halverson flied to center. Ryan grounded unassisted to first.

Carlson handled a one hopper at short. Janke notched his fifth strikeout. A fly to right was not played well and fell in. The Outlaws got out of the inning with a force out at second.

Fossum smashed one off the tip of the second baseman’s glove for the Outlaws fifth hit. Fossum got second on Carlson’s infield hit to third. Janke had a potential hit knocked down. David Moonen went in to run with runners on second and third. Esko turned a double play to escape with the one run win.

Outlaws down Wolves in six

The local Outlaws baseball team downed the Ely Wolves in six innings on misty Tuesday, June 16 by a score of 14-4. Ben Moonen pitched all ix innings. Brad Fossum went 3-for-3 and had as walk.


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