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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels boys race past Mercuries


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Rex Janke has six RBIs, including a two-run homer, against McGregor on Thursday, May 12, in Moose Lake.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels played excellent baseball as they raced past the McGregor Mercuries by a score of 14-1 in five innings at Moose Lake on Thursday, May 12. The Rebels stopped a seven-game skid to improve to 5-9 while the Mercuries dropped to 3-9.

Ian Coil trusted his fielders and had a very good result as he struck out three, walked two and allowed only two hits with one earned run for the win.

The Rebels defense had a great day as they committed no errors and allowed only one stolen base. McGregor had three errors and allowed four steals. Coil had two steals and Joey Whited and Evan Hansen each had one steal. The Mercuries pitcher was called for two balks and one cost a run. Only one Rebel struck out while four were willing to take walks.

The Rebels bats were very busy as MLWR hammered out 14 hits in the short affair. Rex Janke and Whited led the way at the plate. Janke had a two-run home run, a two-RBI single, one fielder's choice RBI and a sacrifice fly RBI for six RBIs in the game. Whited had three singles, one RBI and three runs scored. Spencer Meyer and Mark Fossum each had a double with three and two runs scored, respectively.

After dispatching the Mercuries 1-2-3, MLWR came out swinging in the bottom of the first. Lead-off Joey Whited singled the opposite way. Nick Wegge's bouncer to short moved Whited to second. Janke jumped on a fat first-pitch and jacked a two-run homer to the alley for 2-0. Fossum's high fly behind third dropped in and he alertly hustled to second for a double. A passed ball put Fossum on third and he scored on an infield hit RBI by Chet Morgan for 3-0 before McGregor was able to exit the inning.

Coil walked the lead-off in the second, but Janke got a force at second. A soft liner off the handle went to Meyer at second and the runner on first was caught too far off base for a double play.

The Rebels batted around in the second. Evan Hansen singled to left and took second on an error as the ball got away. Hansen stole third with Meyer at the plate. A balk allowed a run for 4-0 before Meyer walked. A blown pick-off attempt advanced Meyer. Whited's single through the left side made it runners on the corners. Wegge's slow roller was a fielder's choice RBI for 5-0. Janke's deep fly to the alley was a sacrifice RBI for 6-0. Fossum walked and Morgan reached on an error for runners on the corners and Coil's walk loaded the bases. With two outs, the Rebels were running and Brennen Sylvester's flare over second dropped in for a two-RBI single and 8-0 before Hansen grounded to second.

The Mercuries posted a run in the third. A single and a wild pitch put a runner on second before a walk. A ground out advanced runners to second and third. Coil struck out his second of the game, but a single through the left side spoiled a possible shut out for 8-1. A give-me steal made it runners on second and third, but a tap back and a flip to first ended that threat.

MLWR cranked it right back up as Meyer clubbed a double to right. With Whited singling to left, Meyer got the stop sign at third. Wegge's single to right was an RBI for 9-1. Janke grounded to short for a fielder's choice RBI and 10-1. A balk was called. Fossum's single to left brought forth another stop sign. Morgan got a fielder's choice RBI for 11-1 before Coil's fly to center.

The Rebel fielders were rock solid behind Coil for a 1-2-3 top of the fourth.

Sylvester singled through the middle, Hansen singled to center and Meyer singled to right to spark the bottom of the fourth. Whited's sacrifice to center took it to 12-1. Wegge walked and Janke registered two more RBIs with a sharp single for 14-1. The Rebels showed sportsmanship and mercy on the Mercuries as the runner was not sent home on Fossum's fly to right before Morgan's nub out in front.

The Rebels finished it off in fine fashion with a 1-2-3 inning, including a called strike three for Coil's third strikeout to punctuate the game's quick conclusion.

MLWR hosts a make-up game with the Pine City Dragons on Wednesday, May 18. That game starts early at 3:30. The Rush City Tigers come to town on Monday, May 23 at 4:30. MLWR meets Duluth Denfeld at Wade Stadium on Wednesday, May 25 at 4:30 and closes out the regular season with a big rivalry game against the Eskomos at 4:30 in Esko on Thursday, May 26.


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