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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels girls power past Panthers


Al Rose

Rebel Nicole Newham hit a solo home run and also scored a run.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels softball team powered past the South Ridge Panthers 7-3 in Willow River on Tuesday, May 9. MLWR out-hit South Ridge 12-7. The Rebels had one solo home run, three doubles and nine singles. The Panthers had one two-run home run, one double and five singles.

Ally Bode pitched the complete-game win with five strikeouts and just two walks and allowed only two earned runs on seven hits. South Ridge's pitcher struck out five, walked two and allowed five earned runs on 12 hits.

South Ridge had three steals, including one double steal and cashed in on one steal. MLWR also had three steals and cashed in one. The Rebels had two errors, with one of the miscues costing one run. The Panthers had three errors with two of those miscues each subsequently scoring a run.

All except one of the MLWR starters made the scorebook. The following represents the Rebels' successes in terms of hits, RBIs, runs scored and steals: Nicole Newham, solo home run and run; Dallis Kukuk, two singles, two RBIs; Jamie Benzie, one-RBI double, single, two runs; Marissa Mikrot, one-RBI double, single; Sage Gerard, double, single, two runs; Josie Benzie, two singles, two steals; Bode, sacrifice fly RBI, steal, run; and Laura Walker, single.

The Rebels got one in the first inning on an RBI-double by Mikrot. Newham's solo home run in the second inning made it 2-0. Two runs in the fourth inning were on a two-RBI single by Kukuk and Jamie Benzie raced home on a wild pitch for 5-0.

The Panthers spoiled a possible bid for a shut-out with a single and a two-RBI home run in the top of the sixth inning for 5-2.

Gerard and Jamie Benzie each hit stand-up doubles for 6-2 in the sixth inning. Kukuk added her second single to advance Jamie Benzie and Bode's sacrifice fly to center made it 7-2.

South Ridge made a bit of a late rally with back-to-back singles, a double steal and a walk. A ground-hugging smash to second was a one-run error for 7-3 to close out the scoring.


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