By Matthew Davis
Brandon Rushmeyer pitched a stellar game but the Champlin Park Rebels fell to conference leader Park Center on Monday, April 21.
Rushmeyer pitched five and 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and only one earned run. The Rebels had a strong start at Pirates’ field with a 2-0 run first inning. Trevor Kiminski had the momentum going for the navy-and-silver with a triple to start the third inning. It later resulted in a 3-1 Rebels lead, but the Pirates stormed back in the bottom of that same inning.
Austin Ledin of Park Center hit one over second base to bring home Tyler Stroh and cut the Rebels lead to 3-2. Carson Selin then hit another to centerfield, which allowed Blake Becker to cross the plate for a 4-3 Pirates lead. Ledin then gave the green-and-gold an extra run in the fifth with hit to centerfield, which sent home Stroh again.
Jason Anderson led the Rebels in hitting at 2-3 with an RBI. Kipp Youngquist went 1-3 at the plate and an RBI, and Daniel Kielb drove in a run on 1-3 hitting.
After falling to one of the Northwest Suburban Conference’s 5-0 teams, the Rebels took on the other one in a wild loss to Anoka. A 5-0 first inning lead later turning to 10-1 evaporated for the navy-and-silver in a 13-10 loss on Wednesday, April 23.
Kielb had a solid day at the plate with 2-3 hitting and two RBI. Youngquist, Anderson and Kiminski each drove in runs.
Younquist also pitched three and 2/3 innings while striking out four batters. Cole McElroy also pitched an inning-and-a-third along with three Ks.
Anoka rallied from the nine-run hole with seven in the fourth and five in the fifth. The Rebels trailed the rest of the way after the fifth and went scoreless after the third inning.
Consequently, the Rebels fell two-and-a-half games back from the NWSC leaders. A couple days later, the navy-and-silver bounced back with a dominating 15-5 win over Moorhead.
Rebels batters peppered the Spuds fielders with 12 hits on Friday, April 25. Kiminski drove in four runs. Kielb and Timm Munn each had three RBI.
Cody Ferris earned the win for the Rebels with a five-inning, five-K performance. He allowed three hits and no earned runs.
This week, the Rebels will look to gain ground in the NWSC if the rainy weather clears. They play at Osseo on Thursday under the lights at 7 p.m. under the lights.