The Rhinelander Post 7 American Legion baseball team and team manager Dan Huhnstock played solid ball over the weekend and clenched their second straight home title. The Rebels finished 4-0 in the three day invitational that started Friday night at Stafford Field.
Rhinelander opened the tournament with their most convincing win of the invite, routing Mosinee 16-1 Friday night. The Rebels would use late rallies to earn two more wins on Saturday; 12-1 over Tomahawk and a 10-1 win over Minocqua. Rhinelander closed Sunday with a 6-2 win over Chequamegon.
Rhinelander 16, Mosinee 1
The Rebels wouldn't waste any time against Mosinee of Friday, and plated a run in every frame to win in five innings. Rhinelander pounded out 14 hits in the win, and had big fourth inning where they recorded nine runs to put the game out of reach.
Leading the offense Friday night was Kurt Zuiker who went perfect at 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI's. Brad Comer also sparked the offense, going 3-for-4 from the plate highlighted by a solo homer in the fifth. He also added three RBI's. And Cole Spaulding finished the night with two hits as well.
Rhinelander's Jacob DeMeyer reached on a fielder's choice, before Comer drove him on a shot up the third base line to get them on the board. Tyler Blomdahl followed with an RBI single up the middle to add to the lead. And with two outs Zuiker connected on an RBI single to right field. The Rebels used three runs to plate three runs in the top of the first.
In the second, Rhinelander added one more run to their early lead after Comer had another RBI single. And a combination of Comer the mound and defense would hold Mosinee off the board until the third where the scored their lone run of the night on a sacrifice fly to right field from Brandon Bernarde.
But Rhinelander responded back in the top of the fourth in a big way at the plate. Tait Spencer started with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Eric Grulke drove in Spencer on a single and would advance to third on an error and flyout. DeMeyer drove in Grulke on single to center to give Rhinelander a 7-1 lead.
Comer would reach on error and Blomdahl would walk to load the bases up on one out. Spaulding had an RBI single followed by a two-RBI single from Zuiker. Josh Randolph would continue the hot streak at the plate, and drove in two more runs on a double. The Rebels plate two more runs in the frame, as they pounded out 12 hits for nine runs in the fourth.
Starting the fifth inning, Comer had his solo homer to put Rhinelander ahead 15-1. And Blomdahl would score the final run of the night, after Zuiker reached on error.
Comer earned the win after pitching the first four innings, only allowing one earned run on three hits. He walked four, hit one batter, and struck out three. Senoraske pitched the final frame, and did not allow a hit.
Rhinelander 12, Tomahawk 1
Junior Bryce Schickert cashed in on the Rebels second win of the invite on Saturday afternoon in his first start of the summer season. Schickert pitched all seven innings to earn the win at the mound. He allowed one unearned run on two hits while walking two and striking out four.
Rhinelander also finished with 12 hits against Tomahawk and used late runs in the sixth and seventh to push the game out of reach. The Rebels plated five runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to earn the 11-run victory. Randolph led the offense with three hits while Comer and Senoraske each charted two.
It was a slow start for the Rebels' offense, as they only put two runs off starter William Russell in the first five innings. But the bats came alive off reliever Jake Ruid (6th) and Logan Jazdzewski (7th). Despite the slow offensive start Rhinelander had several notable defensive plays in the contest including a diving catch at right center from DeMeyer in the third.
In the first, DeMeyer reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a pickoff attempt at first. Comer drove in DeMeyer on a ground to put Rhinelander on the board. But Tomahawk would tie the game up in the third after two Rebel errors. Rhinelander would take the lead for good in the fourth on a RBI single to center from Randolph.
In the sixth, Rhinelander loaded the bases after Spaulding, Zuiker, and Randolph walked. Brandon Hess drew the fourth straight walk to bring in a run. And on one out, Senoraske had a two-RBI double to left. DeMeyer had a sacrifice fly to put the Rebels up 6-1. And Comer would bring in the final two runs of the inning on a double, deep to center field. Rhinelander used three hits and four walks to bring in five more runs.
Zuiker sparked the seventh inning, and led-off with a solo home run to right to give Rhinelander an 8-1 advantage. Randolph had a standup double deep to center and scored when Spencer reached on error. Grulke had an infield single, followed by an RBI double to center from Senoraske.
DeMeyer drove in another run on a groundout. Following, Comer was hit by a pitch and Blomdahl walked to load the bases. Spaulding was also hit by a pitch to bring in a run. Rhinelander used four hits to plate another five runs and held on to earn the 12-1 win.
Rhinelander 10, Minocqua 1
The Rebels would also use another late rally against Minocqua in their second game of the day to earn a 10-1 victory Saturday night. Rhinelander held a 3-1 advantage after four innings, but would plate seven runs in the final two frames to earn another convincing win.
The Rebels finished with 13 hits which include two hits from Comer, DeMeyer, Grulke, Spaulding, and Spencer. Matt Rudolph earned the win on the mound, allowing only one run while scattering five hits. Rudolph walked three and finished with two strikeouts.
The 89ers starting pitcher T.J. Ullius gave up eight hits and three runs in the first four innings he pitch. But the Rebels' bats would come along off reliever Brett Slavinsky in the fifth.
Senoraske singled and DeMeyer connected on a two-run double to follow. Comer also had a double to bring in another run, and Blomdahl had a two-run homer to center. The Rebels would plate another five runs in the fifth
Rhinelander would tack on two more runs in the sixth. Spencer scored on a passed ball and Senoraske had a sacrifice fly to bring in Grulke.
Rhinelander 6, Chequamegon 2
The Rebels found their invite finale to be the most competitive game of the three-day tournament, where Rhinelander fell behind but quickly bounced back to earn the four-run victory. The Rebels would score in every inning except the second and used nine stolen bases to earn the win, which was enough to also win the tournament for the second straight year.
Rhinelander took a 1-0 lead after the first, but Chequamegon would rally back to take a 2-1 advantage in the third after an error and hit batter. Zuiker was hit a pitch with bases loaded in the opening frame. The Rebels would tie the game up in the bottom of the third when Blomdahl reached on error with two outs and scored on a Spaulding's single to left field.
In the fourth, Spencer also scored on a two-out error which would give Rhinelander the lead that they would hold until the end. DeMeyer would follow with an RBI single to left.
Spaulding had a sacrifice fly to right in the fifth for another Rebel run. And Grulke had an infield in the sixth and scored on single from Comer for Rhinelander's final run of the contest.
DeMeyer pitched all seven innings to earn the win on the mound. He allowed two unearned runs and scattered four hits while striking out eight.
Rhinelander advanced to 6-1 overall and are now 2-1 in the GNLC. The Rebels will be back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Clintonville for a non-conference game.
The Rhinelander Post 7 American Legion baseball team fell 9-8 on Friday night, when Tomahawk Post 93 had a late rally at Stafford Field. The Cubs used two runs in the top of the seventh to push past the Rebels for a one-run victory.
Tomahawk held an early lead in the game, after plating five big runs in the third inning. Rhinelander would rally back and would tie the ball game up in the fourth frame. The Rebels would take the lead in the sixth, but couldn't fend off the Cub's offense. Tomahawk pounded out 12 hits in the win.
Eli Wurl started the first off with an infield single for the Cubs and advanced to second on a bunt out. Isaac Weber connected on an RBI-double to right. And Jake Ruid would drive in Weber on a single later in the frame to give Tomahawk a 2-0 lead after four hits.
The Rebels would gain back one run in the bottom of the inning and started with an infield single up the middle from Jacob DeMeyer. Brad Comer and Cole Spaulding were hit by pitches to load the bases. And starting pitcher Wurl, would walk Kurt Zuiker to put Rhinelander on the board.
In the bottom of the second, the Rebels would rally with two outs to take the lead. Easton Senoraske singled to center and stole second. DeMeyer would drive in the tying run on a single and would advance into scoring position on the throw. Comer would follow up and had the go-ahead run on a double, deep to left.
Tomahawk would have their biggest inning of the night in the third, when they plated five runs on four hits, and was aided by two Rebel errors. Shawn Dirkx reached on error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. And Jakob Kahle had an RBI single passed shortstop. Garrett Schulz would continue the rally with an RBI single to right center.
With Jacob Matti at the plate, Tomahawk attempted a suicide squeeze. But Matti didn't get the bunt down, and Kahle scored at home on a close call at the plate. Matti would follow up with an RBI single for the final run of the inning for the Cubs.
The Rebels would rally back in the fourth, and would have all five hits in the frame come on two-outs. DeMeyer and Comer each singled to set up catcher Tyler Blomdahl. The Rebels pulled with two after Blomdahl connected on a two-RBI double deep to right center. Spaulding kept the offense going and drove in Blomdahl on a single to right. Spaulding stole third base and Zuiker would drive him in on a single up the middle to tie the game 7-7.
In the sixth frame, Rhinelander would pull ahead by one run on a rally that once again occurred on two outs. Blomdahl singled up the middle before Spaulding and Zuiker walked to load the bases. Josh Randolph walked in the go-ahead run. But the game was far from over.
Brandon Hess, who came in for relief for Comer would walk Ruid to start the seventh. Kahle would then double off the left field fence to put runners at second and third with no outs. Cole Feest singled up the center to drive in the tying run at 8-8. Hess tried to pick-off Feest at first on the leadoff, but his throw went wide, which allowed Kahle to score and the Cubs went ahead by a run.
The Rebels had a chance to come back in the bottom of the inning, with the pressure on. Senoraske reached on error with one out. But DeMeyer flew out to right and Comer popped out to center to finish the game. Rhinelander had several chances throughout the night to drive in the extra runs, and would leave 10 runner stranded on the night.
Hess would take the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in the final four innings of action. Comer had the no-decision after the first three innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits. Ruid earned the win for Tomahawk, pitching the final three frames.
Rhinelander will be on the road on Monday night when they travel to Medford and will host Northwoods on Wednesday night before playing in the Rebel Invite over the weekend.
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