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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels blow by Dragons in first round


Al Rose

Lauren Pederson hit two solo homers to go to an area-leading nine and she had one single. Pederson racked up four RBIs, scored four runs and had both of MLWR's steals.

After committing three errors and giving up two quirky singles to allow Pine City three unearned runs in the first inning, the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels shook out the cobwebs and brought out the bats. The Rebels took advantage of a bit of a breeze and belted four homers during a 17-5 five- inning blowout of the Dragons in the first round of Section 7AA softball action in Willow River on Tuesday, May 23. MLWR pounded Pine City 19-5 on hits and improved to a record of 14-7 to advance to double-elimination play.

Ally Bode collected her ninth pitching win of the season as she fanned seven, including striking out the side once. Bode allowed just five singles and only two earned runs, including giving up one walk-in run on one of her two walks.

Pine City's pitcher only struck out one Rebel and she walked six, including two walk-in runs. All 17 of MLWR's scores were earned runs as the Dragons committed no errors.

The Dragons stranded five runners, including four in scoring position. Pine City's one give-me steal did not score. The Rebels stranded seven runners, including five in scoring position. MLWR cashed in on both of its steals.

After the rough 3-0 first inning, the Rebels did not commit another error in the game. MLWR's defense had three 1-2-3 innings, including Bode striking out the side once. The Rebels offense took back the lead at 4-3 in the second inning. The only runs relinquished during the rest of game were in the fourth inning for 9-5. MLWR's 19 hits included four home runs, three doubles and 12 singles.

Lauren Pederson went back into the lead in the area home run chase as she hit two solo homers to go to nine. Pederson continued her quest to be at the head of the class in RBIs as she drove four in to go to 34. Pederson also had one single and both of MLWR's steals. Pederson scored four runs.

Bode capped off the game with her fourth round-tripper of the season and it was a three-RBI walk-off homer. Bode also had a single and a walk-in RBI. Bode totaled four RBIs and she scored one run.

The remainder of the offensive assault included the following: Laura Walker, solo home run, two-RBI double for three RBIs, three runs scored; Josie Benzie, one-RBI double, double, one-RBI single for two RBIs, three runs scored; Marissa Mikrot, two-RBI single, a single, one walk-in RBI for three RBIs; Jamie Benzie, two one-RBI singles, single, three runs scored; Dallis Kukuk, one sacrifice fly RBI, two singles for one RBI, one run scored - Kukuk moved up to 30 hits; Sage Gerard, one-RBI single, single for one RBI, two runs scored.


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