By Steve Peterson
A six-run seventh inning turned the tide for the Akron Rebels baseball team against Irene, S.D., on June 4.
Down 5-4 going in, the Rebels ended the inning with an 11-5 lead.
The Rebels had a 2-1 lead after one inning when Kirkeby and Noah Bohlmann walked and scored on RBI singles by Brett Stolpe and Adam Loutsch.
Bohlmann singled and scored on an error in the Rebels’ third inning for a 3-3 tie.
The Rebels trailed 5-3 going into their sixth inning when they scored a run for a one-run deficit. Randall Waterbury walked and later scored when the Irene pitcher committed a balk. Jared Kirkeby reached on a walk.
Irene put a scare into the Rebels with a four-run ninth inning but Akron held on to win 11-9 for its fifth straight game for a 5-1 record.
Afterward, Coach Paul Martin praised the Rebels’ offense for the good start to the season.
“We’re off to a good start. We hit the ball well tonight,” said Martin.
In the seventh inning Tanner Bundy, the starting and winning pitcher, reached on an error and scored. Jordan Heyl singled and later scored. Leadoff man Mike Davenport walked and scored a run. Waterbury walked and scored a run.
Kirkeby, who also made some nice catches in left field, delivered a two-run double. After an out, Stolpe connected on a two-run single. Adam Loutsch continued the inning’s scoring with an RBI single and Bundy had an RBI single for the six-run lead.
Game totals showed Davenport contributed 1-for-5 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
Waterbury reached on a hit by pitch twice, walked and scored and singled.
Kirkeby walked, then walked again and had a two-run double and scored two runs.
Bohlmann walked, scored two runs and had two singles on a 2-for-4 game.
Adam Loutsch had an RBI single, walked, and had a second RBI single.
Bundy, the winning pitcher who pitched for eight-and-two-thirds innings on the hill, helped the offense as he reached on an error twice and scored one run. In pitching, he gave up 11 hits, walked three and struck out six.
Doug Loutsch doubled and scored a run.
Heyl singled and scored a run.
Waterbury came in to pitch in relief and got the final out, a fly ball caught by Doug Loutsch.
A schedule addition had the Rebels hosting Sioux City Saints in an add-on game, at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at Sargent Field.
The Rebels next host Dakota Valley at 2:00 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 16; they host Beresford at 7:30 p.m., June 19; at Canton at 2:00 p.m., June 23; at Lennox at 7:30 p.m., June 27 and host Vermillion Grey Sox, at 2:00 p.m., June 30.