The Rhinelander Post 7 Rebels advanced to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in conference after rallying past Northwoods 14-4 on Monday night at Stafford Field. Rhinelander pounded out 13 hits to earn the Great Northern Legion Conference win and would reach a run in five of the six innings played.
In the opening inning, Rhinelander would take an early 2-0 after Brad Quade connected on a two-RBI double. But from there, things were shaky for the Rebels as the Eagles would plate three runs to take a 3-2 lead in the second off ace Jacob DeMeyer. But that would prove to be short-lived as the Rebels rallied back and scored nine runs in the next three innings to take control of the game.
Rhinelander would take the lead back for good in the bottom of the second when the first three batters got on base which included an RBI double from Teagan Guckenberg. Abe Laggis would also have a sacrifice fly to add another run. DeMeyer connected on a double while Brad Comer reached on error allowing DeMeyer to score and the Rebels would take a 6-3 advantage.
In the third, Josh Randolph drove in Danny Zuiker on a single to center. Randolph finished the night with three hits just like he did in Rhinelander's win Friday at Prentice/Phillips.
In the fourth, Rhinelander would add another four runs to push their lead to 11-3 and put the game out of reach. DeMeyer drilled an RBI triple, Brad Quade hit a two-RBI single, and Randolph connected on another RBI single.
Northwoods added their final run of the night in the fifth but the Rebels responded the end the game via the 10-run mercy rule in the sixth frame. Bryce Schickert drove in the first run in the sixth with a single and Jacob Dreifuerst would hit an RBI double to left center. DeMeyer reached on error with two outs which allowed the game winning run to cross.
Quade led Rhinelander at the plate and went 2-for-4 at the night which including fouRBI's. DeMeyer was 2-for-5 and Randolph also added three hits. The Rebels pounded out 13 hits which included seven for extra bases.
DeMeyer started on the mound for Rhinelander and gave up two runs on four hits in the first two innings of action. Comer earned the win after working a few walks and a double in the third and fourth. And Schickert closed the night for Rhinelander and allowed one unearned run after a single and an error in the fifth. But Schickert finished strong and retired the final six batters of the night which included four strikeouts.
The Rebels who are now 10-0 will be put to the test this weekend when they travel to Merrill for a three-day Invite starting Friday night. Rhinelander will first take on Stevens Point at 5:00PM on Friday and will face Medford at 10:00AM on Saturday. The Rebels will then be up against defending Class AA state champions, Holmen on Saturday afternoon at 2:30PM. Rhinelander will close out the invite on Sunday at 2:00PM against D.C. Everest.