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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Outlaws breeze by Brookston


Al Rose

Rex Janke pitched a one-hitter, had a double and a walk-in RBI on Wednesday, June 29, against Brookston in Moose Lake.

Behind Rex Janke's four strikeouts, one-hit and no walks pitching performance, the Outlaws breezed by Brookston with a 10-0 five-inning shut out in American Legion baseball action in Moose Lake on Wednesday, June 29.

The Outlaws had seven hits and took advantage of eight walks, including two for walk-in RBIs for 2-0 in the third inning and five errors by Brookston that all occurred in an eight-run outburst in the fifth inning. The Outlaws had only one error. The Outlaws stranded five and Brookston stranded two. Neither team had any steals.

Ten Outlaws contributed to the onslaught. Hunter Halverson had a game-winning suicide bunt RBI and scored two runs. Hunter Lake had a two-RBI double and scored a run. Charlie Adamczak had a one RBI single, a walk-in RBI and scored a run. Janke had a double and a walk-in RBI. Teddy Ryan and Jesse Granfors each had a single and scored a run. Nick Wegge had an infield single and scored a run. Bryceton Butkiewicz, Wyatt Lampel and Joey Whited each scored a run.

Janke and the Outlaws notched a quick 1-2-3 inning to start the game. Brookston's lefty walked lefty lead-off Ryan, but with Halverson up Ryan got erased on a throw down to first by the catcher. Halverson grounded to third and Lampel flied to right.

What would end up being Brookston's only hit was a single up the middle. A hopper up the middle was turned into a nice double play and a grounder to Lampel followed.

Clean-up hitter Janke drove a stand-up double to the gap. Adamczak fanned on an outside pitch and Granfors popped to center. Whited waved at a low and outside pitch. It would be the only two strikeouts the Brookston lefty would get.

Janke fanned one and got one looking on an off-speed pitch and a pop foul to Chet Morgan at first earned the Outlaws their second 1-2-3 inning.

Wegge legged out an infield hit. Lake popped to short and Ryan hit into a force out, but Halverson and Lampel both walked. Janke battled for a nine-pitch walk-in RBI for 1-0 and Adamczak worked for a seven-pitch walk-in RBI for 2-0. After a brief conference on the hill, Granfors grounded to second.

The Outlaws' only error came on a missed backhand attempt at shortstop and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to scoring position. Lampel had one routine pop at second, but had to make a tough play to chase one down in shallow right field.

Whited took a four-pitch walk, but Wegge hit into a force at second and Lake's laser to third got Wegge double-up on at first.

A two hopper to second and Janke's third and fourth strikeout earned the Outlaws their third 1-2-3 inning.

Ryan dropped a single into center. Brookston's pitcher made a good play on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Halverson to get the lead runner at second. Lampel was hit-by-pitch. Janke's shallow pop to right center began a barrage of errors and allowed Halverson to score for 3-0 plus an errant throw to second allowed a runner to advance with Butkiewicz having pinch ran for Janke. Adamczak's ping of a single off the end of the bat was enough for 4-0. Although it appeared Butkiewicz would be caught in a run-down between third and home, the throw to third went sailing away for 5-0. Granfors singled and a runner was red-lighted at third. A Wegge at-bat became a two-run error for 7-0. Lake stroked a two-RBI double near the left field line for 9-0. With Ryan at bat an attempted pick-off at second was thrown away for the fifth error of the inning and Ryan's walk was the eighth of the game. The Outlaws had Halverson put down a nifty suicide squeeze bunt out in front and Lake barely beat the toss by the pitcher and an attempted tag at the plate to put a cap on the shut out victory for the first game of the double-header.

The Outlaws beat Brookston 7-2 in the second game.

The Outlaws host a double-header with Deer River that begins at 4 p.m. in Moose Lake on Thursday, July 7. The team travels to Esko for a double-header that also starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.


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