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Rebels Battle Against Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian

By Nichole Johnson

Game 1: Pitchers Duel in Low-Scoring Game Against Edgerton

Both teams were strong in the circle on Tuesday, but it would be Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian that would be just a bit stronger to come out with a victory against the Rebels.   Amanda Muecke would start the game for the Rebels and recorded 21 outs.  Sierra Van Dyke took the win for Edgerton/Southwest Christian going 7 innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out 17, walking zero.  Muecke would take the loss.  She surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking zero.  

Amanda led the Rebels with one hit in three at bats.  In the first inning, the Rebels were strong in the field, backing up Amanda with a pop out to Lily Schmahl at second base, a pop out to Shelby Christensen at third, and a ground out to Danielle Kuball getting the out at 1st base, but couldn’t get the bats going with a one-two-three strikeout inning.   The second inning would prove strong defensively as well, with Edgerton’s first batter getting to first on a ground ball error by Shelby Christensen.  After that, it was all Amanda with 3 strikeouts in a row to end the inning with one on base.  Edgerton pitching would stay strong in the bottom of the second striking out the first three batters.  The top of the third inning would be the inning that would define the game.  With a fly out to Brianna Schmitz and then a strikeout, Jessa Nibbelink would single on a ground ball to Lily Schmahl at second.  With one on base and two outs, Liz Prins homers on a fly ball to left field scoring Nibbelink.  That would be the only score either team would see for the remainder of the game.  The pitching continued to be strong and fielding kept Edgerton from scoring any more points.  The Rebels would come up with the loss, but was a well fought game losing 2-0.

Game 2: Rebels lose lead early in Defeat 

The Rebels fell behind early in the second game against Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian and couldn’t come back in a 5-2 loss. The Rebels would get players on base in the first inning and scored when Amanda Muecke singled on a ground ball to the catcher scoring Laney Brown and advancing Lily Schmahl to third.  But that would be all the Rebels would be able to achieve on offense as the next three batters would result in outs leaving 2 runners on base.  Edgerton would answer back when, with 2 outs and one on base, Gabby Buckridge would single on a pop fly to Brianna Schmitz scoring Liz Prins.  The third out would come from a pop out from Hannah Nerem to Danielle Kuball at short.  The Rebels wouldn’t be able to get the bats going in the second inning but Edgerton would come out and score 2 runs on a ground out and a single.  Both teams would have a strong game defensively but in the bottom of the fifth inning Edgerton would score three more runs before the Rebels defense could get third out.  Neither team would be able to do anything offensively until the top of the seventh when the Rebels needed to score 4 runs to stay in the game.  They were not able to do that but did add 1 more run with Laney Brown scoring on an error by third baseman Gabby Buckridge before Amanda Muecke would fly out to center field for the third out to end the game 5-2.

Sierra Van Dyke would get the win for Edgerton.  She had seven strikeouts and zero walks surrendering two runs on eight hits over seven innings.  Amanda Muecke would take the loss allowing eight hits and five runs over six innings, striking out two and walking one.   Lily Schmahl and Laney Brown managed multiple hits for the Rebels.  Schmahl went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Rebels.  Brown led the way for the Rebels with two of their five stolen bases. The Rebels now move to a 6-3 record.  Next, the Rebels will travel to Ellsworth to take on Adrian/Ellsworth for their second matchup of the season.  

Rebels Defeat Wabasso 6-3

By Nichole Johnson

The Rebels traveled to Wabasso to start out their busy week of softball.  The Rebels got things going right away when Montana Beckmann doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring 2 runs.  Wabasso was unable to answer back in the bottom of the inning when Amanda Muecke would take the circle and strike out their first batter.  Then the defense would back her up with 2  ground outs,  one from Shelby at third to Courtney at first, and the other from Lily Schmahl at second base to Courtney at first to make it a 1-2-3 inning.  The second inning would be uneventful for both teams offensively.  The Rebels would come out in the third inning and Amanda Muecke would single on a fly ball to left field, followed by another single by Montana Beckmann to advance Muecke to second base.   With Amanda and Brynn Graphenteen (courtesy for Montana) on 1st and 2nd base, they both advanced on a wild pitch.  Danielle Kuball singled a line drive to third holding both runners but loading the bases.  Shelby Christensen would step up to the plate and single a pop fly to first baseman, scoring Amanda and advancing Brynn and Danielle.  Alex Kleven would bat next grounding out, but Brynn would score, making it a 4-0 game.  With 2 outs, Brianna Schmitz comes up to bat and singles on a fly ball scoring both Danielle and Shelby.  Those would be the last two runs scored for the Rebels.  

Amanda Muecke stays strong in the bottom of the third striking out the first batter, a pop out by the second batter, and another strikeout for the third batter.  Both teams stay strong defensively until the bottom of the sixth inning when Wabasso would get the bats going.  With a single from the first three batters to load the bases, Megan Rothmeier would step up to the plate and single on a ground ball to shortstop Danielle Kuball to Lily Schmahl at second for the out, but H. Huhnerkoch would score to give the Rabbits their first run of the game.  Another single by J. Frank would score Sarah Franta and advance Rothmeier to 3rd base.  The second out would be a groundout to shortstop Danielle throwing to Courtney at 1st base, scoring Rothmeier, and making it a 6-3 game.  The Rebels would be able to stop the Rabbits with a ground out to Shelby Christensen to Courtney at 1st, getting the 3rd out for the inning.  The 7th inning would be quick for both teams and the Rebels finish with a win 6-3 against Wabasso.  

Amanda Muecke would earn the victory with 3 runs on 7 hits, striking out 7, and walking zero in 7 innings.  Sara Franta took the loss for Wabasso.  She went 7 innings, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits, striking out 5 and walking 1.  Laney Brown, Shelby Christensen, and Montana Beckmann would lead the way with each collecting 2 hits.  The Rebels are now 7-3 for the season with a game on Tuesday against RRC/WWG, Thursday against TMB and Friday against Pipestone for a doubleheader, finishing up the season with all home games.   

Amanda Throws Shutout As Rebels Defeat Springfield

By Nichole Johnson

Amanda Muecke didn’t allow a single run as the Rebels defeated Springfield 12-0 on Monday allowing only 2 hits.   It took Amanda only 6 innings,  striking out five, and walking zero.  The Rebels got things started in the first inning when Montana Beckmann singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.  The Rebels then notched in six runs in the third inning with contributing hits by Courtney Schmitz, Shelby Christensen, Vanessa Herrig, Lily Schmahl and Amanda Muecke, who all drove in runs making it a 7-0 lead.   The Rebels would score 2 more runs in the top of the 4th with Courtney Schmitz hitting a ground ball reaching on an error by second baseman Rogotzke scoring Danielle Kuball and Brianna Schmitz singling on a ground ball to left field scoring Courtney.  In the 5th inning, the Rebels would score when Courtney Schmitz comes across home plate on an error by Springfield pitcher, M. Ploeger. The next 2 runs would come when Amanda Muecke would single on a line drive to left field scoring Alex Kleven and Laney Brown.  With the score 12-0 the Rebels started the 6th inning and with a strike out, fly out and ground out, they ended the game with a win.  

J. Richert took the loss for Springfield, going all six innings, allowing 12 runs on 10 hits and striking out 3. The Rebel’s ten hits on the day had Beckmann, Schmahl, and Muecke each racking up multiple hits.  Beckmann went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Rebels.  Lily Schmahl led the way for the Rebels in bases stolen, with two and the Rebels had a total of seven stolen bases for the game.  With the win, the Rebels move to a 6-1 record on the year.  

Rebels Take Victory Over RRC/WWG 5-1

It started out as a gorgeous day for a softball game and the Rebels were ready to finally get to play in nice weather.  The game was pretty uneventful for the first 3 innings as neither team was able to do much offensively.  It was the bottom of the 4th inning when the Rebels were able to get some runners in scoring position.  With one out and Brynn Graphenteen, courtesy runner for Amanda Muecke who walked, on 3rd base after two stolen bases, would score on a passed ball putting the Rebels on the board.  That would be the only run scored that inning.  

The bottom of the 6th inning would be the big inning for the Rebels. Amanda Muecke would start off the inning with a walk and Brynn Graphenteen would come in as courtesy for her.  Montana Beckmann up to the plate, pops out for the first out of the inning.  Danielle Kuball up to bat, singles on a ground ball to left field advancing Brynn to second base.  Courtney Schmitz would step up but would get the second out.  With two outs and two on base, Shelby Christensen hops in the batters box hoping to drive those runners home but could only pull off a single to load the bases.  With Alex Kleven up to bat and bases loaded with 2 outs the Rebels were hoping for a big play and got just that when Alex singled a line drive to left fielder scoring Brynn and Danielle and advancing Shelby to 3rd making it a 3-0 game.  Brianna Schmitz would step up to the plate and also help the Rebels out with a single ground ball to left field scoring Christensen and Kleven now making it 5-0 in Rebels favor.  The 3rd out would come right after with a fly out by Laney Brown to end the inning.  

In the top of the 7th inning RRC/WWG was only able to score one run before the Rebels defense took out the next two batters to end the game with a victory of 5-1.  Amanda Muecke earned the win going 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 9.  Kennedi Janssen would take the loss for RRC/WWG going 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs while striking out 3.