JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
The Rhinelander Rebels took advantage of the home-field advantage last weekend when they went 4-0 and placed first in the Rebel Invite at Stafford Field.
“Overall, I thought the tournament went very smoothly, and the team played pretty well,” said Rebels manager Dan Huhnstock, who also noted the Legion baseball team got good pitching along with the hitting starting to come around.
Rhinelander won its first game of the tournament Friday over Mosinee, 9-8.
The Rebels, who tallied 15 hits, picked up six of their hits in the second inning when they overcame a 2-0 deficit with five runs off Mosinee starting pitcher Zach Bednar. Tait Spencer, Bryce Schickert, Kurt Zuiker and Brad Comer all singled and scored. Tyler Blomdahl added an RBI double, while Brad Quade also singled.
Mosinee cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the second when Kalan McHugh drove in two runs on a two-out double off of Zuiker, who pitched the first four innings for Rhinelander.
The Rebels picked up three more runs in the top of the fourth, which included a leadoff double by Zuiker that was followed up by a two-run homer from Comer. Blomdahl then walked and later scored on a groundout by Brandon Hess, who was the first batter to face Mosinee relief pitcher Kalvin Lassa.
Bednar, who left the mound after giving up a single to Quade with no one out, ended up with no decision after pitching three-plus innings. He was charged for eight earned runs on 11 hits with two walks and three hits batters while striking out two.
Mosinee, which got back a run in the bottom of the fourth, tied the game at 8-8 with three runs in the sixth inning when Lassa doubled with two outs to drive in McHugh, Brandon Bernarde and Bednar, who each singled.
Rhinelander scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh when Quade doubled with two outs to plate Blomdahl, who singled and stole second to get into scoring position.
Hess, who pitched the final three innings, retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game and pick up the victory, giving up three earned runs on four hits with a walk while striking out three.
REBELS 12, TOMAHAWK 2
In the first of two games Rhinelander played Saturday, the Rebels needed only five innings to defeat Tomahawk, 12-2.
Easton Senoraske pitched all five innings to record the victory, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with a walk while striking out four.
The Rebels led 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth when they scored five runs on six hits that included a triple by Senoraske and singles from Zuiker, Comer, Hess, Josh Randolph and Cole Spaudling.
After Tomahawk got a run back in the top of the fifth, Rhinelander ended the game via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the inning with four runs on four hits. Zuiker singled to drive in the first run, followed by a 2-RBI double from Comer and a walk-off single by Liam Stevens with no one out.
Tomahawk starting pitcher Eli Wurl went 3 2/3 innings and recorded the loss, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits with four walks and a hit batter while striking out three. Zach Volz relieved Wurl and allowed four earned runs on five hits with three walks.
REBELS 16, LAKELAND 0
The Rebels did all the scoring Saturday evening when they defeated Lakeland, 16-0, in six innings.
Rhinelander’s Jacob DeMeyer, who pitched for the first time since injuring an ankle late in the spring high school baseball season, scattered eight hits in recording the complete-game shutout, which included six strikeouts.
Lakeland starting pitcher Jamie Slavinsky went five-plus innings in picking up the loss, giving up 10 earned runs out the 12 he was charged for on 11 hits with seven walks and two hits batters while striking out four. Jack Melms closed out the sixth inning and gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The Rebels, who broke open a 4-0 lead after four innings by scoring five times in the fifth inning and added seven runs in the top of the sixth, only had one multi-base hit out of their 15 for the game when Blomdahl doubled in the final frame.
Nick Spencer led Rhinelander with three hits, while Senoraske, Zuiker, Blomdahl, Hess and Tait Spencer had two hits apiece.
In the field, Lakeland committed six errors, compared to none for the Rebels.
REBELS 8, CHEQUAMEGON 2
Rhinelander closed out the tournament Sunday with an 8-2 victory over Chequamegon.
Nick Spencer pitched the first six innings and recorded the victory, allowing two earned runs on six hits with three walks and a hit batter while striking out five. Hess closed out the seventh inning when he retired all three batters he faced and struck out one.
Comer accounted for three of the Rebels 10 hits with a double and two singles. Nick Spencer doubled and singled, while Senoraske and Blomdahl added two singles apiece.
Ben Godleske doubled and singled with an RBI for Chequamegon.
The Rebels, whose overall season record stands at 5-1, next play a road game Wednesday against Chequamegon.
Rebels 9, Mosinee 8
Rebels 0-5-0 3-0-0 1 – 9 15 0
Mosinee 2-2-0 1-0-3 0 – 8 9 0
Saturday’s first game
Rebels 12, Tomahawk 2
Tomahawk 0-0-0 1-1 – 2 5 1
Rebels 2-0-1 5-4 – 12 13 4
Saturday’s second game
Rebels 16, Lakeland 0
Rebels 0-1-1 2-5-7 – 16 15 0
Lakeland 0-0-0 0-0-0 – 0 8 6
Rebels 8, Chequamegon 2
Cheqaumegon 1-0-0 1-0-0 0 – 2 6 2
Rebels 2-1-0 3-0-2 X – 8 10 0