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Rebels Win First Round of Playoffs

By Nichole Johnson

The Rebels went into playoffs as the 2nd seed, allowing them to have home field advantage.  They would host HLO/F for a 3:00 game.  Amanda Muecke threw a great game allowing zero runs on two hits over four innings, striking out four and walking one.  The Rebels took the win with a 15-0 game.  

The Rebels got started right off the bat when, in the first inning, Shelby Christensen doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs.  Danielle Kuball would double to score Christensen before the end of the inning.  With two outs in the second inning Laney Brown would score on a wild pitch, Brynn Graphenteen would score on an error by HLO/F shortstop Hermeling, and Sam Larson singled on a ground ball to shortstop scoring Christensen and Kuball.  In the third inning the Rebels would drive in 5 more runs making it a 13-0 game.   Again, in the fourth inning, the offense took control with Danielle Kuball, Courtney Schmitz, and Ines Rios Rus all knocking in runs and ending the game on mercy call with a 15-0 score.  

With this win, the Rebels would advance to the double elimination round and play Wabasso at 6:00 the same night.  They would get a break in between games as Adrian took on Red Rock Central in the second game of the day.

Rebels Fall Against Wabasso

By Nichole Johnson 

The Rebels kept the game against Wabasso close to the end.  MCC gained the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Amanda Muecke would hit a double grounder to left field to score Lily Schmahl.  Following this, would be Montana Beckmann scoring Brynn Graphenteen who is running for Amanda.  The Rebels would get one more run before the end of the inning for a 3-1 game.  Wabasso would answer back in the second, adding 5 runs to take the lead.  The Rebels would tie up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning making it a 7-7 game with Lily Schmahl, Montana Beckmann, and Brynn Graphenteen all contributing.  Bottom of the eighth inning would continue to be a tie with an 8-8 score. It would be the top of the 6th inning where Wabasso would take over the game with a home run by A. Fenger to score 2 runs for the lead.  Wabasso would get one more run in the top of the 7th inning to clinch the win against the Rebels.

The Rebels collected 11 hits and Wabasso had 13 hits.  Amanda Muecke took the loss for the Rebels.  She allowed 13 hits, 11 runs over seven innings, striking out three.  The Rebels collected 11 hits with Muecke, Schmahl, and Beckmann each getting multiple hits.  Muecke led the Rebels going three for four at bats.  The Rebels move on to play on Saturday, May 25th in Marshall against Dawson-Boyd. 

The Season Ends Against Lac Qui Parle Valley

By Nichole Johnson

With the morning games going  into extra innings with tight matchups, the Rebels wouldn’t play again until 3:15 in the afternoon.  Again, the Rebels were faced with another strong team at the circle.  It all came down to hitting, which the Rebels fell shy of, losing against Lac Qui Parle Valley 3-0 to end their season.  Muecke took the loss with seven hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out three and walking one.  Brianna Schmitz, Amanda Muecke, and Shelby Christensen all had one hit for the game. 

It wouldn’t be until the top of the fourth inning that a run would be scored by Lac Qui Parle  when bases were loaded and A. Molden was hit by a pitch to score their first run.  Their next run would come on a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Bungarden.  The last run would come in the fifth inning when R. Sawatzky would score on an error by Montana Beckmann making it a 3-0 game.  The Rebels could not get their bats going to help their offense score some runs and, with both teams strong in the circle, the game would come to a close in seven innings.  

With the loss, the Rebels end their softball season.  They have 8 seniors and an exchange student that they will lose for next year and many shoes to fill with 7 of those seniors starters.  It was a fun season even though the weather was not a friend to the spring sports season with many reschedules, double-headers and cancellations.  The Rebels end their season with a 13-9 record. Best wishes to those seniors moving on to the next chapter and looking forward to watching the up and coming players next spring.

Rebels Take the Win From Dawson-Boyd

By Nichole Johnson 

The Rebels first game on Saturday was against Dawson-Boyd.  The pitching was strong on both sides.  Amanda Muecke struck out seven, while Mary Bothun for Dawson-Boyd had 11 strikeouts.  Muecke led things off in the pitcher’s circle for the Rebels.  She allowed five hits and zero runs over eight innings, striking out seven and walking one.   The Rebels tallied 11 hits in the matchup with Montana Beckmann, Shelby Christensen and Laney Brown leading the Rebels with two hits each.  The Rebels were sure handed with no errors.  Courtney Schmitz had 10 plays for the team.  With a 0-0 score In the top of the eighth inning and two outs, Courtney Schmitz would single on a ground ball to center field scoring Brynn Graphenteen.   That would be the only run of the game.  The Rebels defense stayed strong in the bottom of the eighth to hold Dawson-Boyd to zero runs for the win.