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 Rhinelander Post 7 American Legion baseball team gave Antigo a run for their money on Saturday night in the AA regional tournament at Stafford Field. The Rebels found themselves down 13-4 after five innings, but had a late rally to make their way back. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold Antigo off the board.
Garrett Held of Antigo had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Antigo a 14-13 victory, and a trip to the American Legion state tournament held in Merrill. Rhinelander plated six runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to tie the game, but was not enough.
The Typhoon's didn't waste any time and would plate five runs in the opening inning off starting pitcher Brandon Hess. With two outs Hunter Kirsch started the rally with a single to center. Garrett Held singled to left, and a walk would quickly load the bases. Hess hit a batter to put Antigo on the board and the Typhoon's would score three runs on an error. Wade Farmer tacked on an RBI single to right to put Antigo ahead 5-0.
Rhinelander's Josh Randolph singled to center to start but was picked off before Cole Spaulding drew a walk. Tait Spencer singled to right but the Rebels left two base runners stranded.
The Typhoon's would add one more run in the second after Brian Cuevas connected on a RBI single to the right center gap. But Kirsh was thrown out at home plate to prevent any further damage as Antigo took a 6-0 lead.
The Rebels finally broke their scoreless game in the third frame. Jacob DeMeyer reached on error and was able to get into scoring position on the play. Brad Comer would get Rhinelander on board with a single to left that scored DeMeyer. And Kurt Zuiker would follow suit with a RBI single to left to pull the Rebels within four runs; 2-6. Antigo would add one more run in the third.
In the fourth, the Typhoons would put up three more runs on five hits. Three straight singles would load the bases. Jesse Jankowski would drive in the first run of the fourth on a single to left. Hess would pitch into the fourth before being relieved by Josh Randolph. A wild pitch would score another run. And Collin Meinert would hit a RBI single to right to give Antigo a 9-2 lead.
Rhinelander would chip away at the lead in the top of the fifth inning and would take advantage of a pair of Antigo errors. Zuiker drill a double deep to center field and would advance to third after a passed ball. Blomdahl would reach on error which would allow Zuiker to score. Spaulding walked and Senoraske would also reach on error to pull Rhinelander within six runs.
But that wouldn't slow down Antigo's offense, as they plated three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, to take their largest lead of the night; 13-4. The Typhoon's hit back-to-back singles and Kirsch walked to load the bases with no outs. A passed ball scored the first run before an RBI single to center and Jankowski had a sacrifice fly to right center to give Antigo a nine-run lead.
The Rebels used four hits to score six runs in the sixth to put Antigo on edge. Josh Randolph started the scoring with an RBI single and Zuiker would score on a wild pitch. Spencer singled on two outs before Senoraske drove in two more runs on a double deep to left center. Senoraske would eventually score on a wild pitch to pull Rhinelander within three runs; 10-13.
Rhinelander's defense and Randolph kept Antigo in check in the bottom of the sixth, not allowing the Typhoon's a run, their only inning in the game without scoring.
In the top of the seventh, with momentum in the Rebels’ favor they responded and would tie the game up 13-13 after scoring three more runs. Quade singled to right field, Zuiker laid down a bunt single, and Randolph hit a blooper single to load the bases.
Blomdahl followed with an RBI single, before Rhinelander had back-to-back strikeouts. Senoraske hit an infield single that Antigo tried to tag Blomdahl out but was not successful, which allowed Randolph to score the tying run. Rhinelander left three runners stranded, but was able to tie the game on three runs scored.
Kirsch would set the stage for Held on a single to center with one out. Kirsch would advance into scoring position after a wild pitch. And Held would chart the walk-off RBI single to center to give Antigo the win. Held led the Typhoon's with five-hits on the night.
Hess gave up 10 runs on 12 hits which included three walks and a hit batter in 3 2/3 innings. While Randolph closed and gave up four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two. The Rebels also left 14 base runners stranded on the night.
Antigo would move on to compete in the AA State Tournament beginning Wednesday held at Athletic Park in Merrill. Rhinelander will conclude their season on Wednesday as they host Medford for a makeup Great Northern Legion Conference doubleheader. The Rebels are 8-2 in the GNLC standings and are tied with Mosinee. If Rhinelander wins, they would be able to earn the conference title outright. First-pitch is scheduled for 5:30PM at Stafford Field.
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