Rebels season concludes season with win over Edgerton, loss to Lac Qui Parle Valley

By: Sean Solheim

Murray County News Sports

After the Rebels lost their second game of the playoffs to Minneota, they had a second chance at coming back and keeping their season alive.  First, they met up with Edgerton/SWC where the Rebels survived a late push by Edgerton to keep their season alive.

In the top of the first inning, Nate Everson was walked and quickly stole second base, setting up an early run scoring opportunity for MCC.  Back to back wild pitches thrown by Edgerton’s starting pitcher allowed Everson to score the first run of the game.

From there, both teams played solid defense and their pitchers held each other in check for a few innings until the top of the fourth inning.  Justin Benda led off that inning with a double to left field and a sacrifice bunt laid down by Kyler Deacon moved him over to third base with one out.  Matt Woldt struck out in his at bat, but the ball got by the catcher, which allowed Woldt to try and reach first base safely. He did so successfully and on the play, Benda sprinted to home to score MCC’s second run of the day.  Shortly after a walk and a flyout for the second out of the inning, Drew Coulter lined a single to the outfield that plated Woldt for the third run for the Rebels. Edgerton answered right back in the bottom of the fourth when multiple hit batters allowed a run to score.  That run cut MCC’s lead down to 3-1.

Much like the earlier innings, both teams held each other in check until the last inning.  The Rebels added a couple of insurance runs off errors in the field and a couple of big hits smacked by Benda and Deacon.  With the Rebels’ lead up to 5-1, Edgerton needed the bottom of the seventh to save their season. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Edgerton collected back to back hits, and along with multiple passed balls, two runs came across to score and the lead was cut down to 5-3.  Though Edgerton had the tying run at second base, a strikeout and a groundout finished the game off and the Rebels kept their season alive with a 5-3 victory.

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