By Steve Peterson
The Akron Rebels baseball team cranked up the offense a few notches and scored 16 runs on 16 hits in a 16-6, eight inning win against Beresford, S.D., July 14.
“We were hitting the ball pretty good for a while there,” said Rebels Coach Paul Martin.
Akron was 13-5 record after the win.
Although the distances at Beresford’s park were formidable foes for a home run, Randall Waterbury hit a two-run blast over the left field fence in the third inning for a 3-0 Rebels lead. Earlier Waterbury scored on an RBI hit by Noah Bohlmann in the first inning.
Brett Stolpe singled to start the Akron fourth inning and later scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Bundy for a 4-0 lead.
A three-run fifth inning sent the Rebels to a 7-0 cushion, and it appeared this would be an easy day at the park. Adam Loutsch singled and stole second base, Waterbury made it a three-RBIs game already with a long double. Scott Jacobs singled and two wild pitches accounted for the other runs.
A two-run single by Jacobs extended the lead to 9-1 in the sixth inning for Akron. Bundy had walked and Jordan Heyl singled.
Some “extra outs” helped Beresford close the gap to 9-6 in the sixth inning and chased starter and winner Ben Brown. The A-W alumnus had Beresford guessing on his offerings most of his part of the game.
Jared Kirkeby came on and got the final out in the sixth and pitched the seventh and eighth innings.
Akron scored four runs in its seventh to break the game open and win by the 10-run rule. Chad Brown doubled, Stolpe singled and Bundy had a long RBI triple to bring them in. Heyl had an RBI single for a 13-6 lead.
The Rebels finished things off with a four-run seventh inning and a one-run eighth inning.
In the seventh Bohlmann singled and scored and had an adventure on the bases. After his single, he went to second base on a fly out and had to get back to first base which he did. But the throw went for an error and Bohlmann ran to second base again. Stolpe reached on an error and Kirkeby’s single drove in one run, and a hit-batter of Heyl another error, as well as a wild pitch figured into the scoring.
Bohlmann singled and scored a run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Kirkeby.
Paul Martin Plays
Coach Martin handled third base duties in a recent game against Lennox for the Rebels, a 7-0 Rebels win.
The coach got on base twice, scored two runs and handled a pop up in foul territory. It was the first full game he played “in quite a while,” he said. He is one of several 30-year coaches in the Stateline League. Martin, 51, is an alumnus of then-called Westfield High School, whose squad played summer and fall baseball as the Panthers.
Just an aside as the final week of the regular season is at hand, with the finale home game against Larchwood at 7:30 p.m. July 19.
The district tournament begins July 24 at the top-seeded four teams’ homes for the first round. Then Larchwood hosts the next round.
Adam Loutsch walked twice, scored two runs, was 1-for-4 with one single.
Waterbury singled, had a two-run home run and three RBIs, one hit by pitch, reached on an error and walked and scored three runs.
Jacobs was 2-for-6 with one run scored and two RBIs.
Bohlmann was 1-for-4 with an RBI single and scored a run.
Chad Brown doubled and scored a run.
Stolpe had three singles, on a 3-for-4 game, scored three runs and reached on an error.
Kirkeby was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
Bundy reached on a fielder’s choice, had three RBIs, scored two runs and had a walk.
Heyl had two singles was hit by a pitch and was 2-for-4.
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