The Rhinelander High school baseball team had the bats going and always had an answer for Medford on Thursday night when they hosted the Great Northern Conference doubleheader at Stafford Field. The Hodags used a big fifth inning to win the first game 13-3 and would rally for a 12-4 win to advance to a perfect 8-0 record this season.
Rhinelander did not waste any time and started the scoring off in the first. Senior Brad Comer reached on error with two outs, while fellow senior Owen White connected on a two-RBI single to right field. And Liam Stevens drove in White on a double to give RHS an early 3-0 advantage.
The Hodags continue to play hard through the last out and once again scored their next two runs on two outs. Senior Brad Quade and Comer each connected on RBI hits to give Rhinelander a 5-0 lead.
Medford got on the board in the fourth frame when Brady Loertscher connected on a RBI single. But the Hodags responded in the bottom of the inning and White drove in another run on a fielder's choice.
The Raider's scored two more runs in the fifth to account for their final score of three. But yet again Rhinelander proved to be resilient and plated two more runs in the fifth which started on a Raider error. RHS used that momentum and five straight batters reached including a two-RBI single from senior Jacob DeMeyer. Bryce Schickert and Eric Grulke also recorded RBI-singles to end the game by the 10-run rule.
At the mound, DeMeyer collected the win over 4 1/3 innings of work. He allowed three runs on three hits and finished with four strikeouts. Comer, DeMeyer, Quade, and Josh Randolph led the way at the plate and each had two hits in the first game.Game 2
After an early pitching duel, Medford final broke open the 0-0 game in the fourth when Cam Wenzl of the Raiders doubled and scored on a ground from Nick Retterath. But the Hodags got their bats going late to avoid the no-hitter. Rhinelander loaded the bases on an error and pair of walks. And DeMeyer hit two-RBi single to left center and Comer followed with a two-run double on the left field line to give RHS a 4-1 lead and they would never look back. Schickert had a sacrifice fly and Grulke added an RBI single to give RHS a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Medford battled back and pulled within two-runs after Wenzel connected on a three-run homer. But that proved to be the final runs of the night for the Raiders. With two outs in sixth Rhinelander got three straight RBI singles from White, Stevens, and Schickert to tack on four more runs and take a 10-4 lead. The Hodags would add two insurance runs in the seventh inning to sweep Medford.
Comer earned the win on the mound in five innings of work where he allowed four hits. Wenzl collected three of those hits for the Raiders. While Randolph relieved Comer and retired the final six batters.
Rhinelander will be back in action for another doubleheader on Monday night when they host Lakeland at Stafford Field. First pitch is set for 4:00PM as the Hodags look to advance to 10-0 on the season.