By: Sean Solheim
Murray County News Sports
The Murray County Central Rebels baseball squad opened up their postseason play this past Saturday. They traveled to Minneota where they first met up with the Wabasso Rabbits. The Rebels got right to work in the first inning that gave them a little bit of comfort right out of the gates.
After a quick 1-2-3 top of the first inning, the Rebels got right to work on putting runs on the board. Nate Everson led off the bottom of the first by beating out an infield single. Spencer Wajer stepped up and laid down a bunt to try and sacrifice himself to move Everson into scoring position. However, an overthrow on the play allowed Wajer to safely reach first and Everson scampered over to third base. A couple of pitches later, Danny Blankenship hit a fly ball to left field, where Everson tagged up from third base to score on the sacrifice fly. Wajer stole second base shortly after the opening run, and Justin Benda helped him move closer to home when he grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning. A few pitches later, Kyler Deacon lined a ball to left field and another Wabasso error on the play allowed Wajer to plate the second run of the inning while allowing Deacon to move to third base. However, he was stranded there after a swinging strikeout ended the inning.
Wabasso came right back in the top of the second as they took advantage of errors of their own. MCC committed a couple of errors in the field, and with timely hitting, the Rabbits were able to take over the lead with three runs of their own in the top of the second inning. That lead, however, was short-lived. The Rebels again took advantage of Wabasso fielding errors that gave MCC two more runs in the bottom of the second inning. The errors allowed a couple of runners to reach the bases safely where Danny Blankenship drove in the two runs with a ground ball single to left field.
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