Seventh-inning rally not enough to overtake Rebels.
Despite a pair of errors and just two hits in seven innings, the Red Lake County Rebels baseball team relied on 10 walks to squeeze out a 5-4 victory over the Crookston Pirates Tuesday in Red Lake Falls.
“I thought for the number of walks we had we played pretty well to get out of some jams where RLC could have really scored some runs,” Pirates head coach Mitch Bakken said.
Crookston scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Tanner Reinhart.
Red Lake County responded in the bottom of the inning by scoring four runs on two wild pitches, a fielding error and a fielder’s choice.
The Pirates rallied in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 4-4. With two out, Crookston scored three runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single and double to even out the score.
Red Lakd County broke the tie in the fifth inning with an RBI groundout to take a 5-4 lead.
Crookston threatened to tie the game in the seventh inning. With two out and runners on first and third, the Pirates hit into a close groundout that ultimately ended the game and handing the Rebels a one-run win.
“The team fought back pretty well,” Bakken said. “However, the coaches have stressed that the players need to show up to the games focused. The games we have lost the focus has been lacking and players aren’t going through the motions until the later innings.
“If we continue to do that, success will be tough to come by. If players can arrive and be focused to play baseball, we will have more success.”
Crookston junior Alex LaFrance went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and one run scored. Reinhart went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBIs.
Crookston pitcher Jackson Seibel picked up the loss. He pitched four innings and gave up five runs on two hits and nine walks.
Leyton Salentine pitched two innings for the Pirates with one walk and two strikeouts.
Red Lake County’s Brandon Klipping earned the win following 5.2 innings of work on the mound. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Crookston falls to 2-3 on the season with Tuesday’s loss.
The Pirates return to action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Jim Karn Field to take on the Park Rapids Area Panthers.
“Park Rapids is going to be a solid team much like TRF and RLC,” Bakken said. “We are a little short on arms so we may be pitching by committee but that shouldn’t matter.
“If we show up focused, it will be a fun game. If we don’t, the result will be similar to the RLC game.”