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By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels close out baseball regular season


Bethany Helwig

Rebels' Danny Whited winds up for the pitch.

The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels' baseball team finished out their regular season this week with games at Mora and Rush City and a home game with Crosby-Ironton. The bats were cracking with a high scoring game at Rush City and ten innings against Crosby-Ironton.

On Monday, May 20, the Rebels traveled to section foe Mora Mustangs' field for a 2:00 game. Mora (7-12-0) was on a seven-game losing streak coming into the game and was hungry for a win. Pitching the entire game for Mora was senior Camron Simons allowing one Rebel run, two hits, walking three, and striking out eleven. The Rebels left six runners on base. Danny Whited started the game on the mound allowing five runs, four hits, three walks, and three strike outs. Logan Privette came in to relieve, pitching two outs, and Carter Johnson finished the last two innings. After two innings, Mora led 5-1. After the sixth inning the score was 11-1 Mora and game over. Henry Ribich and Jordan Fjosne were the only two Rebels to get a hit. The Rebels had two errors along with five wild pitches. Cooper Bexell scored the solo Rebel run on a wild pitch. Andrew Burn, Whited, and Blake Juhl got to first on walks.

On Tuesday, May 21, MLWR went to the Rush City Tiger (5-8-0) sports complex. Tiger pitcher, AJ Voight, was struggling on the mound. Tiger Nathan Ramberg came in to pitch after one out. Five runs were scored in the first inning by Ribich, Fjosne, Johnson, and Burn getting to first on walks and Privette was hit by a pitch. Logan Orvedahl hit a double that drove in Burn and Privette. Johnson hit a double to drive in Bexell in the second. After three innings, Rush City pulled ahead 7-6. Both teams scored a run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth for a score of Tigers 12, Rebels 11. In the sixth, Burn hit a single and Privette drove him in with smash hit triple in the outfield. Privette scored on a passed ball. Rebels were able to hold the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, leading 13-12. The excitement continued in the top of the seventh. Bexell and Privette got to first on walks. Orvedahl hit another double to drive in two more runs. The team kept the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 15-12. The atmosphere at the game was the opposite of the Mora game.

Fjosne was on the mound for three and two-thirds innings striking out four, walking five, allowing eight runs and six hits. Bexell came in to relieve Fjosne and was the winning pitcher. He struck out five, walked three, allowed one hit and four runs. Johnson was the closer, walking one, allowing one run, and one hit. Rebels left eight on base and Tigers left 11. Orvedahl, Ribich and Privette were hit by a pitch. Rebels had ten stolen bases. Orvedahl had four runs batted in, Bexell three, Ribich two, and Johnson, Juhl and Privette each with one. Rebels got on first with a walk eleven times.

On Thursday, May 23, the Rebels were host to the Crosby-Iron Rangers (10-9-0). Fjosne got on first on a short stop error and slid in the mud to score in the first inning on a base hit by Johnson. In the second inning, Ranger senior Matt Christopher hit a right field, out of the park, homerun to tie it up. In the bottom of the second, Fjosne and Bexell scored on a single by Privette to tie the game. Juhl scored in the fourth after a double down the middle. In the fifth, C-I tied it up making it 4-4. Neither team scored in the sixth, seventh or eighth. In the top of the ninth, the C-I's eighth and ninth batter scored on errors. The Rebels answered back with Bexell and Johnson getting on base with singles. Orvedahl hit a double to get the runners across home plate and tie it up again, 6-6. In the top of the tenth, the Rangers got runners on base on three hits, two walks and an error, to score four runs. In the bottom of the tenth, with two outs, Rebels got a hit and two walks to load the bases but couldn't score. After ten tense and exciting innings, C-I won the game 10-6 ending the Rebels regular season with a record of eight wins and ten losses.

Bethany Helwig

Rebels' Jordan Fjosne slides back to safety after attempting to steal a base.

Whited pitched eight and two-thirds innings, striking out eight, walking two, allowing eight hits and six runs. Closer Johnson finished out the game. The Rebels left 14 runners on base and had eight infield errors. Johnson, Privette and Orvedahl each had two runs batted in. Fjosne and Johnson each hit three singles, Bexell hit two and Privette and Drew Danielson one. Juhl and Orvedahl both hit doubles. Rebels had eight errors. Whited had a sacrifice to advance two base runners. Burn got to first three times, on two walks and was hit by a pitch.

Rebels' JV played C-I after the varsity game for only three innings because of darkness. Sam Dewey and Danielson were on the mound for the Rebels. Ribich, Danielson and Sam Dewey each scored a run to end the game in a tie 3-3.

Section 7AA playoffs start Tuesday, May 28.


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