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

By Shawn Bode
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels softball has a 3-1 week


The Rebels softball girls started the week with a nail biter at home against Aitkin. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Rachel Christy tripled in Dallis Kukuk and scored on a Bella Meyer sacrifice fly to bring it to 4-3. Aitkin added one more in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh. Janna Bode started the 7th with a single lined off the pitchers leg. Dallis Kukuk then tripled in Bode and scored herself on an errant throw to tie it at 5-5 and send the game to extra innings. Rachel Christy tripled again, this time in the bottom of the ninth, and her younger sister Sarah delivered the game winning RBI hit with 2 outs, giving MLWR the 6-5 win. Sarah Christy notched the win pitching 6 innings in relief, striking out 9. Lilli Skelton started going 3 innings and striking out 7.

The next day the Rebels traveled to New Hope to face the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks. Cooper got a strong pitching performance from senior Laura Beaner, who gave up just one hit, a single by Kaitlin Ballentine. The Rebel pitching duo of Skelton and Christy were strong giving up just one earned run as Skelton struck out 6 in 4 innings and Christy 4 in 2 innings. Beaner was also the hitting star for the Hawks driving in 2 with a triple in the bottom of the fifth. The Hawks won 4-0.

On May 16 the Rebels traveled up the shore for a conference game against Silver Bay. The Rebels chose the right bats in this one as they slugged themselves to a 12-5 victory. Ballentine was a timely hitter in this contest as a double and triple netted her 4 RBIs. Rachel Christy and Bella Meyer also each had 2 hits. Natalie Mikrot and Gabby Gamst each had 2 RBIs as Mikrot and Dallis Kukuk each stole a pair of bases. Ashley Grutkoski scored 3 runs as she doubled and walked three times. Christy got the win in relief going 5 innings, just giving up 1 earned run, and striking out 4.

The Rebels finished out their regular season with a record of 11-7 by gaining another road win, defeating top 10 Minnesota class A team Cherry, by a score of 4-1. Senior Lilli Skelton was brilliant in the circle hitting her spots, giving up 0 runs on 3 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Eighth grader Sarah Christy picked up the 2 1/3 inning save striking out 4 by mixing her change up with a fastball that was regularly hitting 57 mph on the radar gun. Natalie Mikrot was the lone Rebel with 2 hits. Kukuk tripled, scored 2 runs, and made a spectacular diving catch in the field. Maci Kukuk also had a nice fielding play and she finished a relay throwing a strike from short right field to nab a Tiger runner at the plate keeping the score 2-1 in favor of the Rebels in the bottom of the sixth. Mikrot was consistently strong defensively behind the plate. The Rebels enter the playoff as a #2 seed in the south half of section 7AA. Esko has the #1 seed, Mora is #3, and Rush City #4.


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