The Rhinelander Post 7 American legion baseball team concluded their season Wednesday at Stafford Field for a pair of makeup games. The Rebels swept Medford to earn the conference champion title for the second year in a row. Rhinelander blanked Medford 12-0 and 19-0 to earn their second consecutive conference title.
Although the Rebels preferred to playing at the state tournament, the two convincing wins for another title was a positive note to end their season. Jacob DeMeyer recorded the win in Game 1, pitching five innings and not allowing a single hit. While Matt Rudolph earned the second shutout of the night, allowing seven hits in five innings of work.
Only six batters for Medford got on base in game one including three walks, one hit batter, and two reaching on errors. Austin Davies of Medford took the loss and was charged for six earned runs on three hits and had four walks. Zach Haynes came in for relief and pitching the final three innings. Haynes gave up four earned runs on six hits.
Rhinelander started the first and scored their first two runs with two outs. DeMeyer walked and scored when Brad Quade reached on error. Kurt Zuiker followed with an RBI single to give the Rebels an early 2-0 lead.
The second proved to be Rhinelander's biggest inning, where they plated seven more runs on five hits. Tait Spencer walked to load the bases before Easton Senoraske drove in two runs with a double to left field. DeMeyer followed suit with an RBI double to right and Quade with an RBI single to center. Tyler Blomdahl would drive in the final run of the inning.
The Rebels continued their momentum in the fourth and Zuiker started after being hit by a pitch. Martin Hoger reached on error before Blomdahl drove in Zuiker on a double. After back-to-back groundouts, Senoraske hit a two-RBI single to left to put Rhinelnader up 12-0 and out of reach for Medford.
Senoraske, Blomdahl, and Zuiker each finished the first game with two hits each. DeMeyer and Quade each also finished with a hit for Rhinelander.
In Game 2, the Rebels pounded out 18 hits for the 19-run victory in their second straight shutout. Rudolph earned the shutout win, while Trenton Woebbeking took the loss for Medford. Woebbeking gave up three earned runs on seven hits while walked four and striking out three. Reliever Bryant Konieczny pitched the final two innings, and gave up 10 unearned runs on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out one.
On two outs in the first, Quade started the scoring with an RBI single up the middle to score DeMeyer. Zuiker walked before Josh Randolph drove in two more runs on a single to give Rhinelander a 3-0 advantage. The Rebels didn't stop there and would add one more run in the second, five in the third, three in the fourth, and had a big fifth inning, where they charted seven runs.
In the second Senoraske singled to left before Brad Comer drove him in on an RBI double to right-center. But that would be the lone run of the frame and the Rebels took a 4-0 lead.
Rhinelander would add five more runs on four hits in the third to take a convincing 5-0 lead. Zuiker started the third inning rally with a single to right. Randolph drove in Zuiker on a double to center and advanced to third on the throw. Blomdahl walked before Brandon Hess had a sacrifice fly to left field. Spencer singled to left and Senoraske reached on error and both would score on yet another Medford error.
Randolph started the fourth with a single to center and Hess reached on a fielder’s choice. Senoraske connected on a two-run double to the right center gap. And DeMeyer also had an RBI double to right center to put the Rebels up 12-0 after plating three more runs on three hits.
But the biggest inning of Game 2 came in the fifth, where Rhinelander rallied for seven runs on seven hits. Zuiker singled before Rudolph had an RBI double to drive in Spaulding. Hess followed with an RBI single up the middle and Spencer drove in another run on a single to right.
Senoraske singled to left to load the bases. And Hoger delivered with a two-RBI double to the left center gap. Comer also would drive in two more runs on a deep double off the center field fence to give the Rebels their final runs.
Randolph and Senoraske each charted three hits apiece in the second game. While Comer, DeMeyer,Hess, and Spencer each record two hits each.
The Rebels finished with a 20-5 record and earned their second straight Great Northern Legion Conference title. It also marked the final Legion baseball game for Blomdahl, Hess, Rudolph, and Zuiker due to age limits. Senoraske and Spencer will be eligible to return next summer. But Rhinelander will still have a solid core returning for the Spring 2018 season with the future looking bright.
The Hodag BMX Club hosted two of their biggest races of the year over the weekend. Friday and Saturday both featured riders from around the region and state for the two-day event. Friday night was the Badger State Games, while Saturday they hosted the USABMX Wisconsin state qualifier race at Rhinelander’s West Side Park under track operator Rob Deede.
With a newly remodeled track, and proving to be one of the longest tracks in the state, the Hodag BMX was able to pave the three high banked turns this spring. This created more passing opportunities as well as faster track for riders.
Along with the Badger State Games Friday, it was paired with Hodag BMX's annual Race For Life. The event by USABMX is run throughout the USA and is used to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While Saturday was the sixth qualifying state race which will count towards points for the Oshkosh state finals that will be held August, 27th.
The Wisconsin Rapids State Qualifier will be held on Sunday, August 30th and will be the final qualifying chance for riders to earn a state title. Hodag BMX will continue with their weekly races on Monday and/or Friday nights through the end of September. When the track is not being used by the Hodag BMX Club, it will be available for public use.
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