With losses to KMS and Wabasso
By: Sean Solheim
Murray County News Sports
After winning the first two games to open the playoffs, the Rebels advanced in tournament play to take on number one seeded KMS. For the first part of the game, the Rebels stayed close with them despite a big first inning, but an even bigger fifth inning for KMS led to MCC’s first loss of the tournament.
KMS got the scoring started right away in the bottom of the first inning as they tallied five runs to take a comfortable lead against the Rebels. With one out, KMS got two quick base runners on a hit and an error in the field, all before Andrea Olson launched a three run home run to center field. Starting pitcher Amanda Muecke issued a walk and later gave up a triple to right field that plated the fourth run of the inning for KMS. The fifth and final run for that inning was scored on a groundout later in the inning.
Despite the big first inning, the Rebels chipped away at the lead slowly through the middle part of the game. With two outs in the top of the second inning, McKenna Schreier was walked and a wild pitch moved her to second base. Later, a single hit by Tori Wieneke moved Schreier to third, but an error on the play allowed Schreier to score MCC’s first run of the game. An inning later in the top of the third, the Rebels scored again when Brooklyne Miller doubled to center field before moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Camryn Boerboom. She later scored the second run for MCC on a groundout. The Rebels again cut the lead down by a run in the top of the fourth inning off an RBI triple hit by Tori Wieneke.
The efforts by MCC were cut down in the bottom of the fifth inning. KMS was able to take advantage of walks and deliver big hits when needed. In that inning, they tacked on seven more runs, giving themselves a 12-3 lead over the Rebels. After the big inning for KMS, the defense stepped up and shut down the Rebels for the remainder of the game, giving the Rebels the loss 12-3.
In the game against KMS, the Rebels had three base hits with Tori Wieneke leading the way. She went 2-3 including the RBI triple hit in the fourth inning. Brooklyne Miller had the other hit in the game for the Rebels. Amanda Muecke pitched five innings and gave up 10 hits and 12 runs before Shelby Christensen finished the game off.
With the loss, the Rebels turned right around and took on the Wabasso Rabbits. The winner of that game moved on to play another game where the loser had their season ended. Between both teams, 29 hits were scattered in the game, but the Rebels were on the short end of the scoreboard and had their season come to an end.
After two scoreless innings, the Rebels were the first to strike with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Laney Brown led off the inning with a double down the left field line and was replaced on the basepaths when Brooklyne Miller smashed a double to center field as well, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead. A groundout later in the inning moved Miller to third base and with two outs, a single grounded up the middle by MacKenzie DeLong plated the second run of the inning.