STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The score resembled a football game Monday night when the Rhinelander Rebels Legion baseball team got a walk-off single from Josh Randolph in the bottom of the seventh inning to win at Stafford Field over Medford, 13-12.
Medford scored first in the top of the first after Conrad Bolz led off with a walk off Rebels starting pitcher Brandon Hess and then stole home.
Rhinelander responded with three runs in the first inning when Brad Comer singled to drive home Easton Senoraske and Randolph hit a 2-RBI double with two outs off Medford starter Mike Delzer.
The Rebels extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the second when Liam Stevens singled and scored on an error and Kurt Zuiker singled to drive in Senoraske.
Medford got two runs back in the third inning on a two-run homer by Brett Paul.
Rhinelander responded with a long ball in the bottom of the third when Tyler Blomdahl led off with a solo home run. Delzer left the mound at the end of the inning to be relieved by Paul, who pitched the next three innings.
Medford regained the lead in the big way in the fourth inning by tallying eight runs, seven of which came after two outs. Hess left the mound after 3 2/3 innings and was charged for 11 runs, four earned, on eight hits with five walks while striking out seven.
Comer relieved Hess for the final 3 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run on three hits with two walks while striking out five to record the pitching victory.
The Rebels batted around the order in the fifth inning when they scored four runs with singles from Owen White and Stevens.
Rhinelander then took a 12-11 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Erik Grulke singled and scored and Randolph walked and scored with both reaching home on wild pitches by Paul.
Medford tied the game in the seventh inning when Bolz reached base on an error and scored.
Kolten Hanson came in to pitch for Medford in the bottom of the seventh and ended up recording the loss after Blomdahl doubled, reached third on a single by Grulke and scored on Randolph’s walk-off single with one out.
Of the Rebels’ 13 hits, Blomdahl, Grulke, Randolph, White and Stevens each had two apiece.
Ben Lindgren recorded three of Medford’s 11 hits with Delzer and Paul adding two hits apiece.
Rhinelander, now 1-1 overall this season, plays Wednesday night at Eagle River before hosting the Rebel Invite this weekend.
Rebels 13, Medford 12
Medford 1-0-2 8-0-0 1 – 12 11 2
Rebels 3-2-1 0-4-2 1 – 13 13 5
WP–Brad Comer; LP–Kolten Hanson