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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLWR Rebels girls beat Two Harbors


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Jessica Paull has a fielder's choice RBI against Two Harbors on Thursday, May 5, in Willow River.

It appeared the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels would put the Agates away early as MLWR led 9-0 after four innings, but the game went the distance with the Rebels winning 13-4 in Willow River on Thursday, May 5. MLWR improved to 9-3 with the win.

MLWR out-hit Two Harbors 11-5 with the Rebels getting four doubles and the Agates one. The Rebels had three errors with one costing a run. The Agates also had three errors, but those miscues cost Two Harbors a total of five runs.

Ally Bode struck out 10 and walked five with no earned runs. The Agates pitcher struck out 12, including seven called third strikes.

Marissa Mikrot led the way for MLWR batters as she slugged three doubles and had four RBIs in her four at-bats. Lauren Pederson went 2-for-4 with a single and a double with two RBIs and she scored two runs. Josie Benzie went 2-for-4 with two singles and she scored two runs. Sage Gerard had an RBI single. Jessica Paull had a fielder's choice RBI. Bode, Suzy Grutkoski and Nicole Newham each contributed a single.

The Rebels put up three runs in the third inning. Grutkoski put down a bunt in front of the plate and sprinted it out for a single and stole second with Bode at the plate. As Bode walked, Grutkoski took advantage on the toss back to the circle, racing for third and sliding in hard head first. Pederson delivered with a RBI double to score Grutkoski for 1-0 and to advance Bode to third. Although Paull struck out, Josie Benzie's bunt became a two-run error for 3-0 as Bode and Peterson scored on the miscue before the Agates got out of the inning.

MLWR batted around in the fourth inning. Newham singled over a leaping shortstop. Jamie Benzie almost legged out a good sacrifice bunt. Prior to Grutkoski walking, a wild pitch allowed Newham to take third. A give-me steal made it runners on second and third and Bode walked to load the bases. Pederson went to the opposite field for 4-0. Paull's shallow fly behind second base was dropped for 5-0. With the Agates electing to get a force out at second and the Rebels scoring a run on that decision, Paull was credited with a fielder's choice RBI for 6-0. Benzie singled and Mikrot came through with a two-RBI double for 8-0. Gerard went the opposite way for an RBI single and 9-0 before Newham came up for her second at-bat of the inning, but struck out.

Two Harbors extended the game with four runs in the top of the fifth. Paull handled a hard grounder and Newham made the stretch. A short, soft grounder was a tricky play for Grutkoski to charge and Newham could not quite hang on to the low throw. Bode caught one looking, but walked two to load the bases. An RBI double got past the left fielder and one extra run scored for 9-2. One other runner was green-lighted to go, but chose to slam on the brakes at third. That runner soon scored on a pitch that got away with Mikrot hustling hard to retrieve it and almost applying the tag in time for 9-3. An infield hit fell in for 9-4 before a pop out for Bode to squeeze.

The Rebels fired back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jamie Benzie walked and stole before Grutkoski was hit by pitch. Bode's liner was dropped, but the Agates got a force out at second. Pederson got caught looking, but Paull walked to load the bases. Josie Benzie's fly to right was misplayed and two runs scored on the error for 11-4. Mirkot belted her second two-RBI double of the game for 13-4. Sam Nylen pinch ran and took third on a wild pitch, but Gerard was looking to strand Nylen.

The Agates started the sixth with a single and a second error in the outfield allowed the runner to take second. Grutkoski made a great play to lay out and spear a diving liner. After a pop out to short, a passed ball, a walk and steal ensued. The Rebels got out of the inning as Pederson took care of a fly to right and the Agates stranded two in scoring position.

The Two Harbors pitcher walked Newham and she stole, but the Agates thrower got one swinging and two watching in the bottom of the sixth.

The Rebels got a ground out to second before the Agates fourth single of the game in the top of the seventh. An infield fly followed and Bode notched her 10th strikeout as she caught the last one watching.

MLWR hosts a rescheduled Wednesday, May 11 game against Proctor with an early 4 p.m. start time. The McGregor Mercuries and the Virginia Blue Devils are in Willow River on Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13, respectively, with both games to start at 4:30 p.m.


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