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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Wegge lifts Rebels to victory over Vikings


Al Rose

Rebel Nick Wegge had a single and two one-RBI doubles, including the walk-off game-winner in Moose Lake on Monday, May 15.

Nick Wegge lifted the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels to a nine-inning 3-2 victory over the Cook County Vikings as he went 3x5 with one single and two one-RBI doubles, including a walk-off game-winner on Monday, May 15, in Moose Lake. The Rebels improved to 6-10. The Vikings dropped to 4-8.

Rebel Ian Coil pitched strong for six innings as he struck out three, issued just one walk and allowed only four hits and picked up the win as he allowed only one earned run and exited up 2-1. Mark Fossum earned a save as he pitched three innings with four strikeouts, two walks, two hits and one earned run. Only one of the three total walks issued by the pair scored a run.

The Vikings were very busy on the base paths with seven steals, but they cashed in only once. Wegge had MLWR's only steal. The Rebels stranded five in scoring position. The Vikings stranded 10, including six in scoring position.

The Rebels had only two errors and neither miscue cost a run. MLWR's defense turned three double plays, including a smart tag and a gun to first by Wyatt Lampel to save a run in the seventh. Cook County committed four errors with two costing runs, including the game-winner.

The Vikings' lefty curve-baller, Andrew Miller, used his wicked twisty to fan 12. Miller walked two and he gave up only two hits and two runs with just of one those being an earned run in six and two-thirds innings of work. Miller took the tough loss, exiting with MLWR up 2-1.

Fossum walked his second to start the top of the ninth inning, but he got a fly out to left and he caught two in a row taking looks.

Trouble started for the Vikings with a muff at third on Eli Werner's grounder. Danny Whited was content to make contact as he dropped a nice, little single over third base. A pinch hitter became MLWR's 14th fanning, but only its first out of the inning. Having already hit a single and with a one-RBI double chalked up, lead-off hitter Wegge stepped back in. Wegge waited out a pair, got one he liked and lofted a walk-off one-RBI ground rule double that one-hopped over the power alley fence for a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The Rebels wrap up the regular season at home with a game against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters on Wednesday, May 24, in Moose Lake at 4:30 p.m


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