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The Rhinelander Green Babe Ruth Senior would earn the top seed after defeating Merrill Gray 9-5 Monday night at Athletic Park and will advance to the title game. Eagle River will also advance to face Rhinelander Green after beating Laser Pro International in the semifinals game on Tuesday.
The Hodags would take a 5-2 lead after several Merrill errors after three innings despite not having a single hit. Rhinelander was able to hold off Merrill in a late rally to earn the four-run win.
In the second frame Walker Hartman, Teagan Guckenberg, Jordan Kuczmarski, and Ben Sinclair all walked and eventually scored with the aid of wild pitches and passed balls form Merrill’s pitching. Rhinelander would add another run from Quinn Lamers after he drew a walk and scored on yet another Merrill passed ball.
Despite the early struggle at the plate, Rhinelander finally got swinging and added some insurance runs in the final few innings. Jesse Mahner connected on an RBI single in the fifth and Hartman had an RBI groundout.
In the sixth inning, Devyn Orth would lead off with a single. Sinclair drove in Orth with another single. And Riley Lepak scored Sinclair on an infield hit.
Merrill would stay within reach early and scored twice in the third inning and once in the fifth frame. In the seventh Merrill would add a pair of runs after a pair of errors, but Rhinelander prevented any further damage to hang on for the win.
The Hodags would finish the night scoring nine runs on six hits with Kuczmarski, Lamers, Lepak, Mahner, Orth, and Sinclair each finished with one hit in the win.
Hartman started on the mound for Rhinelander and gave up two unearned runs on a hit in three innings of work and finished with six strikeouts. Mahner came in for relief and earned the win, giving up three runs all which were earned and charted six strikeouts in the final four innings.
The Hodags will face Eagle River for the fourth time this season for the Senior League championship on Wednesday night at Stafford Field. The game will begin after Rhinelander Prep’s game at 5:00PM.
The Rhinelander Green Babe Ruth (Senior League) battled their way to an 8-4 win against Tomahawk on Monday night against Tomahawk at Stafford Field. The Hodags would plate seven runs in the first two innings to earn the four-run victory.
Jordan Kuczmarski started on the mound for Rhinelander and would walk the first two batters of the night. The two Hatchet batters would later score on wild pitches to give them an early 2-0 lead.
But that was quickly erased at the bottom of the frame. Ian Miller and Teagon Guckenberg both walked before Walker Hartman connected on a two-RBi double. Hartman would then score on a wild pitch and Kuczmarski had a sacarfice fly to put Rhinelander ahead 4-2.
Jesse Mahner came in for relief for Kuczmarski and would pitch the final 4 1/3 inning for the Hodags. While Rhinelander's offense would add three more runs in the second which included singles from Quinn Lamers and Brian Stoxen. Miller reach on error to allow another run to score. While Lamers beat a throw to the plate on a grounder from Devyn Orth. Rhinelander went up by five runs after Guckenberg had an RBI single.
Tomahawk would get to runs back in the third off Mahner. But from that point Lamers and Mahner combined to retire 13 of the final 14 batters they faced. Mahner earned the win and scattered four hits, allowing two runs. Lamers closed the game and had three strike outs, while not allowing a hit in the final two innings.
In the fourth, Miller would give the Hodgas' a cushion after driving in Lamers on a double. Stoxen went 2-for-3 on the night while Lamers went 3-for-3 to lead Rhinelander at the plate. Miller, Guckenberg, Hartman, and Mahner each recorded one hit.
Laser Pros International
While Laser Pros International (Senior League) of Rhinelander closed Monday's doubleheader with Rhinelander Green and earned a 5-3 win against Three Lakes at Stafford Field.
The Bluejays plated two runs in the top of the first inning which was aided by a pair of errors. But Rhinelander responded and would rally back for four runs in the bottom of the frame, with Three Lakes also committed four errors.
Isaac Bixby started and reached on error. Payton Johnson would drive in Bixby on a single. Joe Schneider also reached on error and scored when Jacksen Smith reach on error. Johnson would score on a wild pitch and Smith scored on a groundout by Jacob Schoppe.
Rhinelander scored in their final run of the night in the third when Schneider had an RBI double that scored Tim Fox. Bixby, Schneider, and Johnson each collected one hit in the win.
Fox pitched the first three innings and allowed two runs on two hits and added three strikeouts. Bixby worked the final four frames to earn the win. He allowed one run on three hits and struk out four.
Laser Pro fell 11-6 to Eagle River, who remains undefeated. The Eagles and Rhinelander Green are both now 6-0 and will face each other on Friday at Stafford Field.
The Rhinelander Prep League team advanced to above .500 after a pair of wins on the road early in the week. The Hodags beat Tomahawk Blue 14-5 on Monday and would hold on to earn a 10-9 win on the road at Merrill on Tuesday at Athletic Park. Rhinelander is now 4-3-2.
The Hodags got on board right away in the first after Cal Laggis walked and scored on a single to right from Kolby Ridderbusch. Rhinelander would then plate five big runs in the second. The Hodags collected four walks in the frame and was highlighted by Mason Davis scoring on a double steal and Laggis connected on a two-RBI single to left center as Rhinelander would push ahead 7-0.
Merrill took advantaged of Rhinelander errors in the second and would score five runs of their own to pull within one run. The Bluejays collected five walks in the inning and scored on a passed ball and wild pitch to pull within two-runs.
In the third Ridderbusch and Kaleb Olcikas walked and Davis reached on error to allow another run in. Logan Schmoeger had RBI single to right to put Rhinelander up 9-5.
The Bluejays would again rally back in the bottom of the third and would plate four runs to tie the game up 9-9. Paired with three walks and a wild pitch, Merrill would only have one hit in the frame.
Neither team was able to score until the seventh inning when Carter Krueger walked and Laggis reached on an infield single. Ryan Jamison would connect on what proved to be the winning run and hit an RBI double to score Krueger.
The Bluejays had a chance in the bottom of the seventh but closing pitcher Schmoeger kept them in check as Merrill flew out to right, grounded out to second and popped out to end the game.
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