LEGION BASEBALL: Rebels sweep Northwoods to close out regular season
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander Rebels Legion baseball team closed out its regular-season schedule Monday evening at Stafford Field by sweeping a doubleheader over Northwoods (Eagle River).
The Rebels did all the scoring in the first game when they defeated the Eagles, 13-0, in five innings.
Rhinelander scored five runs in the top of the second when Tyler Blomdahl hit a 2-RBI single, Cole Spaulding had an RBI single, Easton Senoraske drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Brandon Hess was hit by a pitch to bring in a run.
The Rebels extended their lead to 9-0 in the third inning when Brad Comer and Brad Quade each had an RBI single.
Rhinelander scored its final four runs in the top of the fifth when Comer and Nick Spencer both tallied an RBI single.
Northwoods used three pitchers in the game. Starter Spencer Huettl left the mound after two innings and recorded the loss, allowing five earned runs on four hits with four walks and two hit batters. Hunter Kaehler relieved Huettl and pitched the third inning, giving up three earned runs out of the four scored on three hits with two walks. Ben Tilley pitched the final two innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits with two walks.
The Rebels’ Kurt Zuiker pitched all five innings to record the shutout victory, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out three.
REBELS 12, EAGLES 2
The second game was tied after two innings before Rhinelander erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third en route to defeating Northwoods in six innings, 12-2.
Comer doubled to drive in a run in the first inning. The Eagles scored both of their runs in the top of the second on an RBI single by Josh Meier and a groundout by Huettl. The Rebels then tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning when Tait Spencer singled and scored on a passed ball.
Rhinelander sent 12 batters to the plate as part of an eight-run third inning, which included 2-RBI singles from both Comer and Hess.
The Rebels ended the game in the bottom of the sixth via the 10-run rule after Nick Spencer and Hess each singled and scored.
Brad Sowinski pitched 5 2/3 innings for Northwoods and recorded the loss, allowing 11 earned runs out of the 12 scored on nine hits with nine walks.
Hess pitched the complete-game victory for Rhinelander, giving up two unearned runs on four hits with two walks and striking out four.
The Rebels, who closed out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak for an overall record of 14-5, begin play in a four-team, double-elimination AA Regional Tournament in Merrill at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Antigo. Merrill and Northwoods, which face each other at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, are the other two teams in the tournament.
Rebels 13, Eagles 0
Rebels 0-5-4 0-4 – 13 10 1
Eagles 0-0-0 0-0 – 0 2 4
WP–Kurt Zuiker; LP–Spencer Huettl
Rebels 12, Eagles 2
Eagles 0-2-0 0-0-0 – 2 4 3
Rebels 1-1-8 0-0-2 – 12 9 3
WP–Brandon Hess; LP–Brad Sowinski