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

By Shawn Bode
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels girls split tough games


The Rebels softball team started the week with a loss against the 9 win 3 loss Southridge Panthers by a score of 5-2. Panther pitcher Malania Madill scattered 7 Rebel hits, 2 of them solo home runs to pick up the win, while Lilli Skelton gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings to pick up the loss. Natalie Mikrot and Dallis Kukuk each sent the ball sailing over the fence for their first home runs of the season as Kukuk and Janna Bode each were 2 for 3 in the contest. Gabby Gamst, hitting .432 on the season with a second high in the Duluth area 8 doubles, injured her knee diving to stop a ball in left field. She will miss some time as the extent of the injury should be known in the coming week.

Two days later the Rebels came back to beat Virginia on the road, a top section team with 7 wins 3 losses by a 4-2 count. Dallis Kukuk broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh with a 2-run single. Sarah Christy pitched the final 3 innings in relief of Lilli Skelton to get the win. Skelton gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 4 innings, striking out 5 while Christy gave up 1 run in 3 innings, fanning 3. Natalie Mikrot went 3-4 with a double and 2 stolen bases for the Rebels. Rachel Christy and Ashley Grutkoski were each 2 for 3. All Duluth Area pitcher Ava Warren was strong in the circle for Virginia striking out 7 in 7 innings, but was outdueled by the MLWR duo. The Rebels played errorless ball in the field, led by some athletic catches by center fielder Bella Meyer. The Rebels now have 8 wins and 6 losses heading into a 4 game stretch in their final week of regular season play. They will open their playoffs at home in Willow River Tuesday May 21 at 4:30 pm against a yet to be determined opponent.


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