Rhinelander next faces Minocqua in regional tourney
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A scoreless game after five innings all of a sudden turned into a blowout Thursday evening at Stafford Field.
The Rhinelander Rebels Legion baseball team rallied in the top of the sixth for nine runs on seven hits, which included a three-run homer by Tyler Blomdahl and a solo round-tripper by Jacob DeMeyer, en route to a 10-3 victory over Merrill in the AA Regional Tournament.
Rebels starting pitcher Brad Comer had a one-hit shutout going into the bottom of the seventh before he loaded the bases with a hit and two walks and walked in a run. Kurt Zuiker then pitched in relief to record the final two outs.
Merrill starting pitcher Ryan Golisch had allowed only two hits after the first five innings before two of the four hits he gave up in the top of the sixth went for home runs. Brett Seubert relieved Golisch and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.
The Rebels, who were in a must-win situation in the six-team, double-elimination tournament they are hosting this week after losing their opening game Wednesday against Shawano, next play at 3 p.m. Friday against Minocqua.
Rebels 10, Merrill 3
Rebels 0-0-0 0-0-9 1 – 10 12 0
Merrill 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 – 3 3 4
WP–Brad Comer; LP–Ryan Golisch