STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A five-run lead in the top of the sixth turned into a lopsided defeat for the Rhinelander Rebels Legion baseball team Wednesday when Medford scored 15 runs in the bottom of the inning to hand the Rebels a 25-15 road loss.
Runs and hits were aplenty for both teams in a game shortened by an inning with the 10-run rule. A half-dozen runs and seven hits were tallied in the first inning alone. Rhinelander ended up with 15 hits to go along with the 15 runs. Medford had 11 hits with its 25 runs.
Rhinelander scored twice in the opening frame when Easton Senoraske led off with a single and scored on a fielder’s choice by Tyler Blomdahl, who reached home on an RBI double by Brad Quade.
Medford sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first when the first four all reached base and scored. Three of Medford’s four hits that inning went for multiple bases with an RBI triple by Trenton Woebbeking and RBI doubles from Mike Delzer and Cam Wenzel.
The Rebels regained the lead in the top of the third when they also sent 10 batters to the plate with the first six each tallying a hit and scoring. The inning featured a three-run homer from Jacob DeMeyer and RBI doubles from Kurt Zuiker, Brad Comer and Blomdahl.
Rhinelander’s 8-4 lead remained that way until the bottom of the fourth when Medford got two runs back with Conrad Bolz leading off with a triple and scoring on a wild pitch before Woebbeking walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Paul.
Comer, who started on the mound for the Rebels, pitched the first four innings, allowing six earned runs on five hits with five walks while striking out four. Rhinelander ended up using four more pitchers in the final two innings.
Delzer pitched all six innings for Medford, giving up 14 earned runs out of the 15 scored on 15 hits with three walks while striking out six.
The Rebels took a 13-6 lead with five runs in the top of the fifth when Nick Spencer, Tait Spencer and Brandon Hess each singled and scored and Zuiker added a 3-RBI triple.
Medford pulled within three runs by scoring four times in the fifth inning when one of the two hits was a 2-RBI triple by Woebbeking. Nick Spencer, who relieved Comer, recorded only one out in the inning when he was charged for all four runs, two earned, on two hits with a walk.
Rhinelander picked up its final two runs in the top of the sixth on a 2-RBI single by Tait Spencer.
Medford batted around the order twice in the sixth inning when the three Rebels pitchers combined to give up the 15 runs on four hits with nine walks and three hit batters.
Hess was unable to record an out when he was charged for five runs, two earned, and gave up a hit, walked two and hit a batter. DeMeyer relieved Hess and ended up recording the loss after pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing three earned runs on a hit with four walks. Zuiker then took the mound and was unable to record an out when he gave up seven earned runs on two hits with three walks and two hit batters.
Medford 25, Rebels 15
Rebels 2-0-6 0-5-2 – 15 15 4
Medford 4-0-0 2-4-15 – 25 11 1
WP–Mike Delzer; LP–Jacob DeMeyer