MCC Drops Doubleheader with Eagles
The MCC baseball team traveled to Edgerton on Tuesday, May 7th for a conference doubleheader with the Eagles of Edgerton/Southwest Christian. The Rebels would rely on a bevy of pitchers, with Spencer Wajer, Drew Coulter, and Kyler Deacon throwing in game one and Matt Woldt, Deacon, and Cameron Boerboom throwing in game two. The Rebels led 2-0 in game one but would lose the lead late, falling 5-3 in the first game. In game two, the Rebels would fall behind 7-1 early before battling back but ultimately coming up short, losing 9-8. With both losses, the Rebels fell to 5-6 on the season and 4-4 in Red Rock Conference play. The Rebels were led offensively in game one by Deacon and Danny Blankenship who both had 2 hits apiece. In game two, MCC was led by Deacon and Nate Everson, who both chipped in 3 hits apiece while six other Rebels contributed a hit for a total of 12 hits in game two.
As the visitors in game one, the Rebels would strike quickly. Junior centerfielder Kyler Deacon would single with one out before stealing second base. A Danny Blankenship single to right field would score Deacon from second to give the Rebels a quick 1-0 lead. A Justin Benda strikeout and a fly-out from Spencer Wajer would keep it 1-0 after the top of the first. Wajer would get the start for the Rebels, issuing a leadoff walk before getting the next three Eagles out to keep the score in favor of MCC after one.
In the top of the 2nd, the Rebels hitters would go down in order with three strikeouts. The Eagles would threaten in the bottom half, loading the bases with one out before Wajer would induce a groundball double play to Blankenship at third, who would step on third before firing to first base for the double play to prevent the Eagle’s first run of the day.
In the top of the 3rd, a groundout and two more strikeouts would keep the Rebels hitters silent in their half, while Wajer would set the Eagle hitters down in order as well, keeping the score at 1-0 in favor of MCC after three innings. The top of the fourth would see the Rebels score thanks to a Blankenship double, before a Blake Schmitz double off the right field fence would score Blankenship with two outs, making it 2-0. The Eagles would get one back in the bottom of the fourth, with Wajer having to overcome a Rebel defensive error and a walk to give the Eagles multiple baserunners. Wajer would only allow a single unearned run in the inning, making it 2-1 after four innings of play.
In the top of the 5th, the Rebels would threaten with Nate Everson and Deacon both connecting on singles with two outs to give the Rebels a scoring threat. Unfortunately for MCC, the Eagles would get a crucial ground ball to end the frame. In the bottom half, the Eagles would use a double, single, Rebel error, and another single to score two runs and take the lead, 3-2. Junior Drew Coulter would replace Wajer in the bottom of the 5th on the mound.
In the 6th, a Benda hit-by-pitch, passed ball, and Coulter single to left field would plate Benda to tie the game at 3’s apiece. Unfortunately, the tie would not last long, with a one-out walk, two singles, another walk, and a Rebel error leading to two additional runs for Edgerton/Southwest Christian, bringing the score to 5-3 after six innings of play.
In the top of the 7th, the Rebels would do their best to tie the game up. Another hit-by-pitch (Everson) and a walk by Deacon would bring up Blankenship with one out. A fly-out to centerfield would bring up Benda with runners on first and second with two outs. A ground ball to the Eagle’s third basemen was fielded, but Everson was able to beat the ball to the bag, loading the bases with Wajer coming up to the dish. While Wajer battled, he was unable to reach base, ending the game with the Eagles up 5-3 and leaving the Rebels empty-handed.
With the momentum in their corner after the game one win, the Eagles started out hot in game two. With senior Matt Woldt hurling for MCC, the Rebels were looking to rebound as the home team.
In the top of the first inning, the Eagles would quickly score two runs. A single, Rebel error, hit batter, and wild pitch would lead to the two Eagle runs. In the bottom half of the first, Nate Everson would lead off with a bunt single. A Justin Benda double would score Everson with two outs before Spencer Wajer would walk and Blake Schmitz would be hit by a pitch. A strikeout by Woldt would end the scoring threat and leave the score at 2-1 after the first inning.
In the second, the wheels would fall off for MCC, with the Eagles plating five runs en route to a 7-1 lead. The Eagles would use a walk, three singles, a bases-clearing double, followed by another RBI single to score their five runs. Kyler Deacon would replace Woldt on the mound in the top of the 2nd. In the bottom half, the Rebels would respond with two runs of their own. A one-out Dylan Johnson walk, a single by Everson, and a single by Deacon would load the bases. Johnson would score on Deacon’s single due to an error in left field. Everson would advance to third and Deacon to 2nd on the same error. A RBI ground-out by Blankenship would score Everson to make it 7-3 before Benda would fly out to center field for the final out of the inning.
In the third inning, both teams bats would go silent, keeping the score at 7-3 after three innings of play.
Deacon would once again make quick work of the Eagle’s batters in the top of the fourth, setting the hitters down in order. In the bottom of the fourth, another Johnson walk and a single by Blankenship would put runners on first and third with two outs. Benda would reach base safely due to an Eagle error, scoring Johnson from third and putting Blankenship at second, making the score 7-4. Wajer would line out to the third basemen for the final out of the inning, moving the game to the fifth inning with the Eagles leading 7-4.
The Eagles would extend their lead in the 5th, with Deacon allowing a one-out single before walking the next two batters. With the bases loaded and one out, Deacon would allow consecutive singles to bring the score to 9-4 before the final two outs of the inning were recorded. In the bottom of the 5th, Blake Schmitz would lead off the inning with a single. Junior Drew Coulter would lace a single to left field with the ball skipping past the left fielder and rolling all the way to the fence. Schmitz would score from first while Coulter would reach third base safely. A single by Johnson would plate Coulter and cut the Eagle lead to 9-6. Everson and Deacon would follow Johnson’s lead and both single as well, loading the bases for the Rebels with one out. Blankenship would lace a line drive to centerfield, with the center fielder making a diving play and doubling off Everson at second base, keeping the score at 9-6.
In the top of the 6th, senior Cameron Boerboom would replace Deacon on the mound. Boerboom would allow a leadoff single before inducing a quick double play and then striking out the last Eagle hitter to quickly put up a 0 on the board. In the bottom half, a Benda walk and Wajer double would cut the deficit to 9-7. After Schmitz would strike out and Coulter would fly out, Wajer would advance to third on a ball in the dirt before Boerboom would walk to put runners on first and third. Boerboom would steal 2nd, with the throw allowing Wajer to steal home and bring the score to 9-8. Johnson would strike out swinging to end the threat, leaving the Rebels down 9-8 with one inning to play.
Boerboom would pitch out of a jam in the top of the 7th inning, putting up another crucial 0 and giving the Rebels a chance in the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately for MCC, the Rebels would be unable to score after a one-out single by Deacon, leaving the Rebels with a one-run loss and coming up empty handed in a sweep by the Eagles.
MCC Loses in Heartbreaker
The MCC baseball team traveled to Adrian on Thursday, May 9th for another conference match-up with the Dragons of Adrian. The Rebels were able to beat the Dragons earlier in the season, 5-2, but weren’t as fortunate in their second match-up. The Rebels, who led for the entirety of the game, would fall 4-3, losing the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning in walk-off fashion.
In the top of the first inning, senior Nate Everson would lead the game off with a single to centerfield. After a popout by junior Kyler Deacon, Everson would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error. A RBI sacrifice fly centerfield by senior Danny Blankenship would score Everson, quickly giving MCC the 1-0 lead. A ground-out by senior Justin Benda would end the top of the first. Everson, who started for the Rebels on the mound, would put the Dragons down in order 1-2-3.
In the top of the second inning, senior Spencer Wajer would single and steal second base, but was stranded there as sophomore Blake Schmitz, junior Drew Coulter, and senior Matt Woldt would be unable to knock Wajer in. Everson, who breezed through the first inning, would again set the Dragons down in order in the bottom of the second.
In the top of the third inning, a one-out walk by Everson would highlight the inning, as Everson would be stranded at second base. In the bottom of the third, Everson would allow the first Dragon baserunner as he walked the leadoff hitter in the inning. Everson would follow with three straight outs, keeping the Dragons scoreless through three.
In the top of the fourth inning, a one-out single by Wajer would give the Rebels a baserunner once again. Another stolen base by Wajer with two outs would put a runner on second, but Coulter would strike out for the second time in the game to keep the Rebels lead at 1-0. Everson would keep the Dragons scoreless and hitless through four innings, as he put the Dragons down in order for the third time in the game.
In the top of the fifth inning, MCC would look to extend it’s lead. A single by Woldt and a great sacrifice bunt by Cameron Kresko would put Woldt on second with one out. A single by Everson, his second of the game, would put runners on first and third with out. Everson would steal second to then put runners on second and third. A Deacon RBI sacrifice fly would score Dylan Johnson from third (pinch-running for Woldt), while Blankenship would follow with a RBI single to left field to score Everson from second to make it 3-0 in favor of MCC.
Everson, who cruised through the first four innings of the game, would have to battle in the bottom of the fifth. After walking the first two hitters of the inning, he would allow a lazy fly ball which fell into the right centerfield gap, scoring one. A strikeout and a fielders choice would give the Dragons another run, making it 3-2 after five innings of play.
In the top of the sixth inning, Blake Schmitz would hit a line drive to the right centerfield gap with one out, but was thrown out trying to advance to second. Junior Trevor Ackerman, pinch-hitting for Coulter, would groundout to end the inning. Senior Cameron Boerboom would replace Everson on the mound in the bottom of the sixth. Boerboom would cruise, setting the Dragons down in order, 1-2-3.
In the top of the seventh inning, MCC would be held scoreless, keeping the score at 3-2 in favor of the visiting Rebels. In the bottom of the seventh, the Rebels needed just three outs to hold on for victory. After a strikeout for out one, Boerboom would allow a single to centerfield that was almost caught by Everson at shortstop. After a stolen base by the Dragon on first, Boerboom would get the 2nd out of the inning via an infield fly ball. With two outs and a runner on second, Boerboom would induce a weak groundball to Wajer at third base. On a bang-bang play, Wajer’s throw to freshman Nate Kleven would sail high and wide, hitting off Kleven’s glove and rolling to the right field fence. The runner would score from second to tie it up at 3-3’s. After another single, runners would be at first and third with two outs. The runner at first would steal second, and an intentional walk would load the bases and give the Rebels a force out at every base. Unfortunately, Boerboom would allow a single to center field, scoring the game winning run for Adrian, giving MCC the 4-3 loss.
With the loss, the Rebels fall to 5-7 on the season and 4-5 in Red Rock Conference play. In the loss, the Rebels were led by Everson and Wajer, who both contributed two hits on the day. Blankenship would lead the team with 2 RBI on the day while Deacon collected the last RBI. The Rebels next travel to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg on Saturday, May 11th for a doubleheader with KMS.
MCC Swept by Saints
The MCC baseball team traveled to Sunberg, MN on Saturday, May 11th for a doubleheader with the Fighting Saints of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg. The Rebels, who had a tough week of baseball during the week, were looking to get off of a three game losing streak. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the Saints were a formidable opponent, coming in at 7-1 on the season and state ranked. MCC would lose both games despite battling in both, falling 6-1 in game one and 10-4 in game two. With the losses, the Rebels fall to 5-9 on the season
The Rebels would start game one as the visitors on the scorebook, coming to the plate in the top of the first. MCC would be unable to muster much of a scoring threat, with Danny Blankenship singling with two outs. Dylan Johnson (courtesy running) would advance to second on a passed ball but would not move any further on the base paths before the third out of the inning was recorded. In the bottom of the first, MCC would turn to junior Drew Coulter on the mound. The Saint’s leadoff batter would reach base via error, but was thrown out trying to steal second base. The second batter of the inning would also reach base via walk. A ground-out for out number two and a hit-batter would give the Saints runners at first and second before Coulter would induce a fly out for the third out of the inning, keeping it scoreless after one.
In inning two, two strikeouts and a ground-out would keep the Rebel’s bats quiet. Coulter would get the first two outs in the bottom of the second inning before running into trouble. A single and another hit batter would put runners on first and second. After a passed ball would advance both runners, a single would plate the Saints first run of the day. Another single would score two more runs, giving the Saints a quick 3-0 lead before Coulter would retire the third out of the inning.
In the top of the third inning, a one-out Cameron Kresko bunt single and a long fly ball by Nate Everson would give the Rebels runners at first and second. Kyler Deacon would fly out before Blankenship and Justin Benda would both walk in consecutive at-bats to give MCC the first run of the day, making it 3-1. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Spencer Wajer would strike out with the bases loaded, leaving three Rebels on base. In the bottom of the third, Coulter would induce a ground-out and would record two strikeouts to keep the Saints bats scoreless on the inning.
In the top of the fourth inning, Matt Woldt and Trevor Ackerman would lead off with back-to-back singles, giving the Rebels a scoring threat. However, the Saint’s pitcher would get Cameron Boerboom to strikeout before inducing a Kresko infield fly, followed by another strikeout by Everson to prevent the Rebels from cutting the lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Coulter would allow a one-out double before the Rebels would commit an error defensively, giving the Saints runners at first and second with one out. Coulter would battle his way out of the jam, getting two more outs before allowing a run, keeping the score at 3-1 after four.
In the fifth, both teams would go scoreless. Benda would reach base via a two-out walk, but was left stranded at first. Coulter would once again battle out of a jam, giving up a two-out walk and hitting his third batter of the game before recording his final out on the day. Coulter’s stat line would show five innings pitched, allowing three runs on the day.
The top of the sixth would be more of the same for MCC, with a two-out Boerboom walk the only thing the Rebels could show. Boerboom would replace Coulter on the mound in the sixth. Boerboom would hit the first batter before getting an out on a fielder’s choice. A single and a Rebel error would allow a run to score, making it 4-1. After a fly-out for out number two, Boerboom would allow a 2-run triple, making it 6-1. Cameron would then record the third out of the inning but not before the Saints would hang a 3-run inning on the Rebels.
In the top of the 7th, Everson would lead off with a walk. After two quick outs, Benda and Wajer would reach base via walk and hit-by-pitch, loading the bases for Woldt. Woldt, however, would strikeout to end the game, preventing the Rebels from cutting the lead and leaving the final score at 6-1 in favor of the Saints.
Coulter would take the pitching loss on the game. The Rebels had five hits and committed three errors, while the Saints had six hits and committed only one error. Five different Rebels contributed a hit on the day, while Benda collected the only RBI and Kresko collected the only run-scored.
Senior Spencer Wajer would get the start in game two for the Rebels. Wajer would start the game off by getting a lineout for out number one. A walk to the number two hitter would be followed by the runner being thrown out trying to steal second. An error would put a runner back on base for the Saints with two outs, but Wajer would induce a fly-out for the third out of the inning, keeping the potent Saint’s offense scoreless. In the bottom of the first, a two-out Danny Blankenship double would be the highlight, with Blankenship getting stranded at second, keeping the game at 0’s.
In the top of the 2nd inning, a leadoff walk would haunt, as the runner would score on a single and an error by Dylan Johnson in left field. Wajer would only allow the lone run to score, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second inning, Johnson would try and redeem himself, walking and stealing second base with one out. Johnson would advance to third on a error by the shortstop on a hit ball by Trevor Ackerman, but would remain at third with Ackerman at first. Cameron Kresko would pop out to end the scoring threat for the Rebels, keeping the score at 1-0 in favor of KMS after two.
Wajer would allow two singles in the top of the third inning but would work some magic, keeping the Saints scoreless despite the hits in the inning. In the bottom of the third, Nate Everson would double before Kyler Deacon would single, plating Everson. Deacon would advance to second on the throw home. A Blankenship single would put runners at first and third. Justin Benda would attempt to bunt home Deacon. With Deacon attempting to advance but being held up by the pitcher, Benda would reach base safely while Deacon was able to scurry back to third, loading the bases with no outs for the Rebels. With the score tied at 1 apiece, Wajer would walk and Matt Woldt would groundout to give MCC a 3-1 lead. An Ackerman single would score Wajer and give MCC a 4-1 lead before the final out of the inning was recorded.
In the top of the fourth inning, MCC would quickly see itself unravel. A homerun to lead off the inning would cut the score to 4-2. After back to back singles, Wajer would strike out a batter. An error by Blankenship would give the Saints another run, while a double would plate two more, giving KMS a 5-4 lead. After a pitching change, the Saints would continue to knock the ball around, using multiple singles, a double, and another Rebel error to score five more times, giving the Saints a 10-4 lead and 9 runs in total in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Blankenship and Benda would both single with two outs to give MCC a scoring chance before Wajer would pop out to end the inning.
A two-out double in the top of the fifth would be meaningless as Deacon, who replaced Wajer on the mound, would keep the Saints scoreless in the inning, keeping the score at 10-4. In the bottom of the fifth, Ackerman would single with two outs, but was picked off at first base trying to stand back up, keeping the Rebels scoreless once again.
Matt Woldt would replace Deacon on the mound in the sixth, going 1-2-3 in the inning and keeping the Saint’s bats at bay. In the bottom of the sixth, a two-out walk by Deacon would be the highlight as MCC would stay relatively quiet.
Woldt would cruise once again in the top of the seventh, pitching another 1-2-3 inning on his way to two scoreless innings pitched. The Rebels would once again be held scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, giving MCC a 10-4 loss and a doubleheader sweep by the Saints.
The Rebels, who had 8 hits in game two, were led by Blankenship who was 3-4 with a double and Ackerman who was 2-3 with an RBI. Wajer, Deacon, and Johnson contributed the other RBI’s, while while Everson, Deacon, Blankenship, and Wajer were the individuals responsible for scoring the runs. Wajer, who pitched 3.1 innings, took the loss on the day, while Deacon pitched 1.2 innings and Woldt pitched the remaining 2 innings.
MCC Baseball at Lamberton
The MCC baseball team traveled to Lamberton on Tuesday, May 14th for their last Red Rock Conference game of the year. MCC, coming in with a five game losing streak, was looking to bust out of their funk. Thanks to some solid defense, nine hits at the plate, and a fine outing from senior Nate Everson on the mound, the Rebels were able to walk away with a pins-and-needles win, winning 4-3 and holding off a late comeback attempt by the Falcons.
In the top of the first inning, the Rebels would go down on only five pitches, quicking moving it to the bottom of the first. Everson would answer quickly with a 1-2-3 inning of his own to keep it scoreless after one.
A leadoff walk in the top of the second to Justin Benda would be spoiled, as the next three Rebel hitters would go down quietly. In the bottom of the second, Everson would allow a leadoff single before retiring the next two batters. A two-out double would give the Falcons their first run of the game and a 1-0 lead. Everson would retire the last batter of the inning to keep the deficit at one.
In the top of the third, senior Cameron Kresko would reach base safely via an error. Once again, a leadoff runner would be spoiled as the next three Rebel hitters would either fly out or line out to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of RRC/WWG. In the bottom of the third, Everson would cruise once again, setting down the Falcon hitters in order.
In the top of the fourth, seniors Danny Blankenship and Benda would lead off with back-to-back singles. A Kyler Deacon double-play would put Blankenship at third with two outs. Junior Drew Coulter would lace a single to right field to score Blankenship and would advance to second on an error in right field. Coulter would be stranded there, keeping the score at 1-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Everson would allow a leadoff single before hitting a batter to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt would move runners over, a sacrifice fly would score a run and make it 2-1 in favor of the home team. Everson would once again limit the damage, keeping it 2-1 after four innings of play.
In the top of the 5th, Kresko and Trevor Ackerman would lead off the inning with back-to-back singles. Everson would strike out before Spencer Wajer would ground into a fielder’s choice. With Kresko at third and Wajer at first, Wajer would intentionally get in a run down to score Kresko from third before being tagged out on the base paths, tying the game up at 2 apiece. Everson, backed by some solid defense, would once again set the Falcon hitters down in order.
In the top of the 6th inning, Blankenship would lead off with a single before Benda would ground into a fielder’s choice. A Deacon walk would put runners at first and second before Coulter would fly out to right field for the second out of the inning. Sophomore Blake Schmitz, pinch-hitting for fellow sophomore Dylan Johnson, would rope a double down the left field line to score both Benda and Deacon and make it 4-2 in favor of the Rebels. Kresko would walk before Ackerman would line out to the right fielder to end the scoring threat. In the bottom of the 6th, Everson would allow back-to-back doubles, with the second double being a shallow fly ball, only allowing the runner at second to advance one base. With runners on second and third and no outs, Everson would get a pop-out, a strikeout, and another pop-out to prevent the Falcons from doing damage and cutting the two-run lead.
In the top of the 7th, MCC would threaten once again. Everson would lead off with a double before advancing to third on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Wajer. An infield single by Blankenship would put runners on first and third with one out. Benda would pop-out before Deacon would strike out to end the scoring threat, keeping the Rebels lead over the Falcons at 4-2. A lead off single and an error would give the Falcons runners at first and second with no outs in the bottom of the 7th. With Everson still pitching, he would get an out via a sacrifice bunt to put the tying runners in scoring position with one out. A passed ball would score the runner from third, making it 4-3 with the tying run on third with only one out. Everson would find a way to get consecutive outs on fly balls to Benda in left, stranding the tying runner at third and giving the Rebels a 4-3 conference victory!
With the win, the Rebels improved to 6-9 on the season and 5-5 in Red Rock Conference play. The Rebels next host the Vikings of Minneota on Friday, May 17th. The Rebels were led offensively by Blankenship who had 3 hits on the day, while six other Rebels contributed a hit. Schmitz would lead the team with 2 RBI’s on the day. Everson would pitch all 7 innings, surrendering 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), and striking out two batters