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Rebels finish up seasons in playoffs


Photo courtesy of Kelly Goeb

Dallis Kukuk scoring against Proctor during an earlier playoff game.


Kelly Goeb, MLWR softball

May 29 in Cloquet

Virginia 7 MLWR 3

In the winner's bracket game, sophomore Ava Warren pitched a solid complete game while the Rebels went through three pitchers en route to a Blue Devil 7-3 win. Warren also led Virginia with three hits including two doubles. Lauren Pederson provided Moose Lake with a home run (her 10th of the year) that hit the top of the 220 foot centerfield fence and then bounced over.

WP: Ava Warren 7IP, 2ER, 6H, 11K, 1BB.

LP: Laura Walker 2IP, 2R, 0ER, 2H, 0K, 2BB. Also pitching for ML: Sarah Christy 3IP, 5ER, 8H, 3K, 1BB; Lilli Skelton 2IP, 0R, 1H, 1K, 0BB.

V: Madison Hokkanen 2x4 (2B); Anna Seitz 2x4; Madeline Potts 2x4 (2B), 2R; Ava Warren 3x4 (2-2B), 2RBI.

MLWR: Jamie Benzie 2x4 (2B), SB; Lauren Pederson 2x4 (HR); Josie Benzie 1x4 (2B)

MLWR then faced Esko, the top seeded team, who lost to Virginia in the first round, but has won 3 straight in the loser's bracket of the double elimination tourney. Esko held a 4-1 lead in the third inning when the game had to be suspended due to lightning and then rain.

May 31 at Braun Park

Esko 9 MLWR 8

Esko took a 6-1 lead after three innings. MLWR then battled back in this slugfest, coming within one and stranding the bases loaded as second baseman Hannah Stark made a nice defensive play to end it. Stark was also 3-3 and a walk at the plate with all hits down the right field line for extra bases. Jamie Benzie was 4-4 with a walk for the Rebels. The Rebels finished 3rd in the section as Esko now has the opportunity to battle Virginia for the championship and a state tourney appearance.

WP: Emilee Wilson 7IP, 8R, 5ER, 12H, 8K, 6BB.

LP: Lilli Skelton 2.2IP, 6R, 3ER, 6H, 1K, 2BB. In relief for MLWR: Sarah Christy 3.1IP, 3R, 2ER, 5H, 5K, 2BB.

E: Hannah Stark 3x3 (2B, 2-3B), 2R; Davriana Horvath 2x4, 2R; Ashley Pollema 2x4, 2SB; Jenna Zdebski 3x4 (2B), 2RBI, 2SB.

MLWR: Jamie Benzie 4x4, 2R, SB; Lauren Pederson 2x4; Dallis Kukuk 2x5, 3RBI; Laura Walker 2x5, SB.


Mary Ellen Dewey

Moose Lake Willow River Rebels' baseball team played their first game of the Section 7AA baseball playoffs at UMD on Tuesday, May 29. The Rebels defeated Pine City 11-10 thanks to a walk-off walk. The game was tied at ten with the Rebels batting in the bottom of the seventh when Brendon Fogelberg drew a walk, scoring one run.

Danny Whited was the winning pitcher. He finished the game pitching one and one-third innings, allowing one hit and no runs, striking out two. Ian Coil started the game allowing nine hits, ten runs, with five strike outs and four walks. He pitched the first five and two-thirds innings.

The Rebels scored eight runs in fourth inning. Mark Fossum, Ben Dewey, Jordon Fjosne, Danny Whited and Ethan Meyer each drove in runs during the inning. MLWR had a seven-run lead in the bottom of the fifth with a score of 10-3.

The top of the sixth inning, Pine City scored seven runs to tie the game. MLWR held them scoreless in the top of the seventh. The Rebels had eight hits and only one error. Pine City had ten hits and three errors. Meyer and Coil had two hits each. Fogelberg had four walks. Whited, Dewey and Fjosne had two RBIs each.

Rebels face Esko following Pine City game

The Section tournament is set up single elimination in the first round of games and then the winners go on to play double elimination games. Pine City was eliminated and MLWR had to play Esko immediately following their first game at UMD. Esko had defeated Rush City earlier in the day 13-1.

The Rebels were held scoreless in the contest. Esko won 11-0. Brendon Fogelberg took the loss on the mound, allowing eight runs on five hits over one and one-third innings. Carter Klund pitched two and one-third innings, allowing three runs, three hits, three walks and striking out two.

In the bottom of the fourth, a lightning storm came and the game had to be postponed. Both teams met at Proctor at 10:00 the next day (Wednesday) to finish the game. They played the top of the fifth and the score remained Esko 11 Rebels 0.

MLWR had three errors and only managed two hits from Cooper Bexell and Mark Fossum. Esko had eight hits and zero errors.

International Falls in Nashwauk

On Thursday, May 31, MLWR traveled to Nashwauk to take on the International Falls Broncos. The Rebels lost the lead late in a 6-2 defeat.

Mark Fossum, Cooper Bexell, Ben Dewey, and Danny Whited all had one hit to lead the MLWR varsity. Ian Coil had a sacrifice fly to score one run for the Rebels in the first inning.

Whited took the loss on the hill, giving-up six runs on ten hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking zero. He pitched all seven innings. The I-Falls pitcher only walked one Rebel and struck out three and allowed only four hits.

The Rebels had four hits to the Broncos ten hits. Each team only had one error. The game was tied at two until the top of the fifth. The Broncos scored in each of the next three innings, winning 6-2. This loss eliminated MLWR from the playoffs and finished their season.

International Falls lost in the night game at Nashwauk, 10-1 to the Mora Mustangs. There are four teams left in the Section AA playoffs. Mora will play Aitkin on June 5 in Superior at 2:00 p.m. Esko and Duluth Marshall will play following that game at 4:30.


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