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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Outlaws fall in five innings to Eskomos


Al Rose

Cooper Bexell had a two-RBI single on June 27.

The Outlaws American Legion baseball team fell 15-5 to the Esko Eskomos in five innings in Moose Lake on Tuesday, June 27. Esko only out-hit the Outlaws 7-5. The Eskomos hits included a one-RBI double and a three-RBI triple. All five of the Outlaws hits were singles.

Pitching and errors were the biggest differences. Two Esko pitchers combined for seven strikeouts, five singles and one wild pitch that did not cost a run for a total of five earned runs. Three Outlaw pitchers combined for five strikeouts, 10 walks and eight earned runs on seven hits.

The Eskomos had only one error and one passed ball to allow a base, but neither miscue subsequently scored. The Outlaws' left side infielders committed five errors, the outfield had one two-base error and there was one passed ball to allow a base. The big defensive troubles for the home team contributed to four unearned runs.

Tyler Peterson earned the win as he pitched two and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts, five walks and two earned runs on four hits. Ryan Bourgeault pitched two and one-thirds innings for a save with four strikeouts, two walks and three earned runs on one hit.

Brendon Fogelberg started for the Outlaws and pitched well, but surrendered the ball in the top of the fourth as he began with a walk. Fogelberg exited with two strikeouts, two walks and just two earned runs on four hits and trailing only 5-4 to take a tough loss.

The Outlaws' pitching went awry for relievers Danny Whited and Logan Privette as they combined for three strikeouts, eight walks and a total of nine earned runs on three hits, including a three-RBI triple, a one-RBI infield hit and one sacrifice fly RBI. The pair otherwise struggled by totaling three wild pitches to advance runners, hitting one batter for one run and gave up three walk-in runs. The Outlaws committed their last final error allow the fourth unearned run in the bottom of the fifth.

The Outlaws were successful with the running game as they had three steals and cashed in on all three thefts. The Eskomos stole only two bases, including one theft of third that they cashed in on with an infield hit RBI for 15-5. The Outlaws stranded six runners, including three in scoring position. Esko also stranded six runners, including four in scoring position.

East Central's Vern Anderson III, hitting in the clean-up spot, led the Outlaws with one single and a hustled-out infield hit. Anderson had one sacrifice fly RBI, sprinted for one speedy steal and he scored one run. Cooper Bexell had a two-RBI single to draw the Outlaws to within one run at 5-4 in the bottom of the third inning. Fogelberg had one single, scored one run and he had one steal. Designated hitter Wyatt Lampel had a one-RBI single and he scored one run. Remington Starck had one steal and he scored one run. Privette scored one run.

The 1-5 Outlaws were slated to host Crosby for a doubleheader in Moose Lake on Wednesday, July 5, with the first game to begin at 5 p.m. The Outlaws host back-back events as Ely, a state tournament team, makes the long trip for one game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11. A clash with the rakish Proctor Rails will either be a single game at 6 p.m. or a doubleheader with a 5 p.m. start time on Wednesday, July 12.


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