Rebel Boys Travel to Edgerton
MCC traveled to Edgerton on Monday, May 21st to finish up their double-header with Edgerton/Southwest Christian. The Rebels were able to win game one, but faltered in game two and lost a close one 3-2.
The Rebels were able to jump on Edgerton/Southwest Christian, using 6 runs in the first, a run in the second, 12 runs in the third, another run in the fourth, and 3 runs in the fifth inning to score 23 runs in total in game one.
Spencer Wajer pitched all five innings to get the win on the mound, surrendering five runs on seven hits and striking out five batters.
Offensively for the Rebels, nine hitters contributed hits. Nate Everson (2), Justin Benda (2), Brandon Winter (3), Spencer Wajer (2), and Kyler Deacon (2) all contributed multi-hit games. Nine MCC hitters also contributed RBI’s on the day, with Everson (2), Danny Blankenship (2), Benda (2), and Wajer (2) contributing multi-RBI days.
Game two between MCC and E/SWC would be a pitcher’s duel between MCC’s Nate Everson and E/SWC’s Jaden Bloemendaal.
In the first inning, Bloemendaal would hit a leadoff homer to right center to give Edgerton/Southwest Christian a quick 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, the Rebels would strike out three times to go down quietly.
The second inning would see both teams shut out, with Everson and Bloemendaal keeping the opposing bats quiet.
The third inning would see scoring on both sides. Edgerton/Southwest Christian would use three singles to scratch a run across, before Everson would shut the door and allow any additional runs, making it 2-0 in favor of E/SWC. In the bottom of the third, sophomore Kyler Deacon would utilize an error to get on base, and would score from third on a throwing error from the catching, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of E/SWC.
In the fourth, Everson would allow a leadoff single before inducing a double play and getting the third hitter to strikeout. Bloemendaal would strike out the side in the bottom of the fourth, keeping the score at 2-1 in favor of Edgerton/Southwest Christian.
In the fifth inning, E/SWC would use three more singles to scratch another run across, bringing the score to 3-1. In the bottom of the fifth, Deacon would walk, advance to 2nd on a wild pitch, and would score on a Cameron Kresko RBI single to bring the Rebels within one run again, 3-2.
In the sixth inning, Spencer Wajer would replace Everson on the mound. Wajer would induce three outs before allowing a run, giving the Rebels a chance in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior Danny Blankenship would lead off the bottom of the sixth by hustling out a leadoff single. A pop-out and two ground-outs would dampen any chance for the Rebels to come back, giving Edgerton/Southwest Christian the win at 3-2.
Offensively for the Rebels, Wajer, Kresko, and Blankenship led the way by collecting a hit.
Everson took the pitching loss, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 11 hits, striking out 3 batters while issuing 0 walks. Bloemendaal picked up the win for E/SWC, pitching all 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 12 batters and issuing 2 walks.
With the 1-1 split, MCC improves to 8-6 on the season and 7-3 in Red Rock Conference play. With the 7-3 conference record, the Rebels are co-conference champions for the 2018 season, sharing the conference title with Adrian who was also 7-3 in the conference.
Luverne Outpaces MCC
The MCC baseball team hosted the Luverne Cardinals for their regular season finale on Tuesday, May 22nd. The Cardinals, which entered at 18-1, would be a tall task for the Rebels. Unfortunately for MCC, the Cardinals showed just why they were 18-1, scoring in five of the six innings played and playing errorless defense.
In the first, Luverne would score two runs on a walk, a single, and two hit batters, taking a 2-0 lead. Similar to the Cardinals, the Rebels would score two runs on two walks, a single, and two hit batters, matching the Cardinals run for run and making it 2-2 after one inning of play.
In the top of the second, Luverne would add four more runs. The first five batters would reach base with a hit batter, two walks, a single, and another hit batter. After a nifty double play by Cameron Kresko at second base, another single by the Cardinals would bring the score to 6-2 before the third out was recorded. After a quick 1,2,3 inning for MCC in the bottom half of the frame, Luverne would lead 6-2 entering the third.
With three more walks and two hits in the top of the third, Luverne would pile onto their lead, adding two additional runs to take an 8-2 lead. Junior Cameron Boerboom would replace fellow junior Matt Woldt on the mound in the third inning. After another 1,2,3 inning for the Rebels in the bottom half of the frame, Luverne would continue to lead 8-2 after three innings.
The fourth would be the first silent frame for the Cardinals, with Boerboom issuing a walk but collecting two strikeouts to retire the side without damage. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the bats would remain quiet with a walk, a Taylor-made double play, and a groundout to end the fourth still at 8-2.
In the fifth inning, Boerboom would issue two walks and a single, but would utilize his defense and only allow a single run, bringing the score to 9-2 in favor of Luverne. In the bottom of the frame, Kresko would walk to lead off the inning, and Nate Everson would knock him in with an RBI double with two outs to bring the score to 9-3 entering the sixth.
The sixth inning continued more of the same for the Rebels, with MCC pitchers hitting three batters, walking three batters, and the Rebel defense committing two more errors to give the Cardinals an additional five runs, bringing the score to 14-3 in favor of Luverne. With the Rebels needing to score to prevent a 10-run ruling, the Cardinal pitchers would walk a batter but strike out the other three batters in the bottom half of the sixth, ending the game at 14-3.
Offensively for the Rebels, Everson was the only batter to collect hits, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Danny Blankenship, Justin Benda, and Kresko were all able to collect a run scored.
With the loss, the Rebels end their regular season at 8-7. The Rebels, seeded 4th in the sub-section, will play Adrian, seeded 5th, on Saturday, May 26th, in Wabasso.
MCC Bows Out In Playoffs
The MCC baseball team traveled to Wabasso on Saturday, May 26th for their first round playoff matchup with the Adrian Dragons. The Dragons and Rebels split the season series 1-1, and both teams finished 7-3 in the conference to be crowned co-conference champions for the 2018 season. Both Adrian and MCC would turn to their starting pitchers who beat each other, with MCC giving junior Spencer Wajer the start on the mound, while Adrian countered with sophomore Ian Stamer.
In the top of the first inning, Adrian’s Landon Rodgers would single to start the inning off. With a sacrifice bunt and a nice play by MCC’s Nate Everson on a ground ball, Adrian would have a runner on third with two outs. On an 0-1 count, Adrian’s Lance Luettel would hit an infield fly ball just beyond the mound, landing in between 4 Rebel defenders and giving Adrian the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first inning, Stamer would get two fly balls to left field before walking junior Justin Benda with two outs and allowing a single to senior Brandon Winter. With runners on first and third and a full count, Stamer would get junior Mason Woldt to strike out to end the inning.
Moving into the second inning, Wajer would get two quick ground ball outs before walking Brandon Schnoor and allowing a bloop single to Stamer to give the Dragons runners on first and second with two outs. Wajer would put out the Dragon rally, inducing a ground ball by Grand Jansma to Everson and ending the top of the frame. In the bottom of the second inning, MCC would threaten again. After a Wajer ground out, junior Matt Woldt would walk to give the Rebels a baserunner. Sophomore Kyler Deacon would strike out but not before Woldt was able to steal second base. Junior Cameron Kresko would also walk, but Woldt was thrown out trying to advance to third on ball four, ending MCC’s scoring chance and keeping the score at 1-0 in favor of the Dragons.
In the third inning, Wajer would once again get two quick outs before running into trouble. Wajer would walk Adrian’s catcher Brett Hokeness, putting a runner on first with two outs. Luettel would hit a ground ball to junior Mason Woldt at third, who bobbled the ball, allowing Luettel to reach first base safely. After Woldt’s throw, Hokeness would attempt to take third base, with first basemen Winter trying to fire back to Woldt to nab the runner. Winter’s throw would sail over Woldt’s head, with the back-to-back errors allowing Hokeness to score and make it 2-0 in favor of Adrian. In the bottom of the third, MCC would load the bases with walks by Benda, Winter, and Mason Woldt, giving Wajer an opportunity to knot things up. Wajer would hit a groundball to the hole in between third and short, with Adrian’s Noah Reyne making a nice play to nab Wajer out at first.
With the score at 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Wajer would strike out the first two Dragon batters. A walk to Stamer and hitting Jansma would give Adrian yet another scoring chance with runners on first and second with two outs. Wajer would dial up a brilliant out, striking out leadoff hitter Landon Rodgers to keep it at 2-0. In the bottom of the fourth, MCC would once again threaten to score, with Cameron Kresko hitting a two-out double to left center. With Kresko on second base and two outs, Nate Everson would get an infield hit to short. Kresko would round third base and attempt to score, but was thrown out at the plate to end another MCC scoring chance.
In the fifth inning, MCC would once again record two quick outs before running into trouble. Five consecutive Dragon batters would reach base, with a walk, hit-by-pitch, and three straight singles allowing three runs to score, making it 5-0 in favor of the Dragons. Nate Everson would replace Wajer on the mound to record the final out of the fifth. A quick bottom of the fifth inning for MCC would be the first inning for the Rebels in which it failed to have multiple baserunners.
In the sixth inning, Everson would walk the first two batters of the inning before inducing a double-play on a bunt. Everson would allow another single but would get out Adrian’s Skyler Paulzine to keep it 5-0 after five and a half innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Wajer would reach base on a drag bunt but MCC would be unable to score once again, keeping the score at 5-0 after six innings of play.
The last inning would be a quick one for Everson, who struck out two batters before the last Dragon batter would fly out to end the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Kresko would single and Benda would double, giving MCC a run and making it 5-1. However, Stamer would finish off his complete game pitching performance, striking out the last Rebel hitter to end MCC’s season with a 5-1 final score.
MCC finished the season 8-8 on the year, winning a share of the conference title with Adrian in the regular season but ending their season in the first round of the playoffs. The Rebels graduate first basemen Brandon Winter, but will look to return a bulk of their starting lineup from this year’s squad.