By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLWR powers past Proctor


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Lauren Pederson has two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly for three RBIs against Proctor on Wednesday, May 11, at Willow River.

The Rebels powered past the Proctor Rails with a 11-4 victory in Willow River on Wednesday, May 11, bringing Moose Lake/Willow River's record to 11-3. The Rebels out-hit the Rails 10-5.

Ally Bode earned the win as she struck out seven and walked six. MLWR only struck out three times and walked four times. The Rebels had three errors while the Rails had no errors. One of Proctor's runs was off a wild pitch.

Lauren Pederson, Jamie Benzie and Marissa Mikrot paced the Rebels at the plate. Pederson had a two-RBI single and a sacrifice fly for three RBIs. Jamie Benzie had a single and a two-RBI double. Mikrot had a RBI double and a fielder's choice RBI. Sage Gerard had a double and an RBI single. Suzy Grutkoski had two singles with one RBI and she had two steals. Josie Benzie had an RBI single. Jessica Paull had a double. Bode had a walk-in RBI.

The Rails got two runs in the top of the first. After a high fly to center for Jamie Benzie to camp under, Proctor got a single through the left side. Bode froze a Rail with a change-up for a called strike three, but an RBI single went to the right gap for 1-0. A diving drive to left was an RBI single for 2-0 and a one-base error as it got past the fielder. Bode fanned the next Rail and Proctor stranded one in scoring position.

The Rebels got one run back in the bottom of the first. Grutkoski hustled out a short, spinning bunt near the third base foul line that the catcher tried to play for a single. Grutoksoki stole with Bode up and Bode's grounder to first advanced Grutkoski to third. Pederson's fly to right was good and deep for a sacrifice RBI and 2-1 before Mikrot grounded out.

MLWR took the lead in the bottom of the second. Although Josie Benzie rapped back to the circle, Paull and Nicole Newham both walked. Gerard's grounder to second advanced the runners. Jamie Benzie's double to left was two RBIs and put the Rebels up 3-2. Grutkoski spanked an RBI single through the middle for 4-2. A wild pitch advanced a runner, but Bode pop fouled to third.

The Rebels put up six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Paull doubled to the opposite field. Newham flied to center, but Gerard singled through the middle for 5-2. Jamie Benzie got a nice bunt single and went to second on a wild pitch. Grutkoski walked to load the bases and Bode got a walk-in RBI for 6-2. Pederson's two-RBI single took it to 8-2. Although MLWR lost a runner trying to take third on that play, Mikrot's RBI double made it 9-2 and Sam Nylen pinch-ran. Josie Benzie put an RBI single through the right side for 10-2 before Paull reached for a change-up.

Grutkoski made a good play on a short hop to start the fifth, but Bode walked her sixth and the Rebels blew an attempted force out at second for runners on second and third and a wild pitch made it 10-3. The Rebels opted to let a run score on a fielder's choice for 10-4 before Jamie Benzie took care of a fly to center.

The Rebels posted their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Bode's deep drive to center was misplayed and Dallis Kukuk went in to pinch-run at second. Pederson flied to right, but a wild pitch ensued and allowed Kukuk to take third. Kukuk scored on Mikrot's fielder's choice RBI for 11-4 before Josie Benzie fanned on a change-up to be only the third MLWR player to strike out to end the game.

The Rebels host the typically very competitive Class A Cherry Tigers on Friday, May 20 for the regular-season finale in Willow River at 4:30 p.m.


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