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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels host, coast by Rangers


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Ally Bode had a 15-4 record during the regular season with 125 strikeouts.

The third seeded Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels softball team hosted the opening round of Subsection 1 Section 7AA softball playoff action and coasted by the sixth seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers with a 10-0 five-inning win in Willow River on Tuesday, May 24.

The Rebels beat up the Rangers two pitchers for nine hits. Crosby-Ironton was hampered by three errors. MLWR, having recently been plagued by errors, played a game free from miscues. MLWR advanced to double elimination play with a 16-4 record while the Rangers ended up at 5-16.

Ally Bode notched her third shut out of the season as she struck out six and walked three while allowing only two hits.

Bode issued a lead-off walk and a Ranger singled through the left side. Bode fanned three consecutively, including the final with a beauty of a change-up and a throw down by Marissa Mikrot.

Suzy Grutkoski was hit-by-pitch and stole with Bode up. Bode's fly to center was dropped for runners on second and third. Lauren Pederson walked to load the bases for Mikrot who was hit-by-pitch for 1-0. Sami Nylen pinch ran and Josie Benzie's grounder to short was bounced in an attempt to get the force at home for 2-0. Jessica Paull hit a two RBI single past third for 4-0, plus runners advanced to second and third on the late throw home. Nicole Newham walked to reload the bases. Jamie Benzie hit a soft fly to short and Dallis Kukuk struck out, but Grutkoski got an RBI the easy way with a walk-in for 5-0 before Bode grounded to second as the Rebels had batted around.

Bode fanned the first and took care of a nub out in front, but an infield hit and a steal and a walk followed. A grounder to first moved the runners to second and third, but Bode took care of that with her fifth strikeout.

Pederson singled past third and stole and went to third on a wild pitch with Mikrot up. An error at third made it 6-0 and Nylen pinch ran. With Josie Benzie facing a new pitcher, Nylen was thrown out on a close play attempting to steal before a fly to center. Paull walked and Newham singled through the right side. Jamie Benzie's bunt was too deep and the Rebels stranded one in scoring position.

The Rebels retired the Rangers 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Nylen struggled a bit on two swings, but stuck with it and drove a ball to the power alley fence and she seemed to take it on her own to go for a triple and slid in safe. Grutkoski got caught looking, but Bode walked and Gerard pinch ran and got second on a wild pitch. Pederson appeared to have a ground-rule double and two RBIs, but one run was erased as a referral determined the runner on third had left early for an out and 7-0. Mikrot barely missed pulling a home run with an RBI drive off the top of the fence for 8-0. Josie Benzie singled up the middle and Paull's little pop behind first fell in for an RBI single and 9-0 before Newham grounded to first.

Bode notched her sixth strikeout on a called third strike change up, and a grounder to second followed. A shallow fly went to right for Pederson to use both hands as she had wisely called for the catch to make it the Rebels' second 1-2-3 inning in a row.

Jamie Benzie reached on an error on her rap back to the circle and stole before Kukuk walked. Gerard batted for Grutkoski and walked. With bases loaded, Bode's diving drive to center required a great shoestring catch. Pederson popped foul to the catcher and Mikrot grounded into a force at third to keep it 9-0 as the Rebels stranded two in scoring position.

Bode walked her third. A rap back to the circle was a force at second, but not a double play. Grutkoski played a grounder well at short and Newham made the stretch. Kukuk took care of a fly to left.

Josie Benzie started the fifth with a ground-rule double under the power alley fence. Paull popped to short and Newham's grounder to second moved the runner to third. Jamie Benzie reached out and stroked a walk-off single to the opposite field for the 10-0 win.


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