By Steve Peterson
The Akron Rebels and Larchwood Diamonds usually have competitive baseball games.
This was the case again for most of the contest July 19 which closed the regular season for the Rebels. However the Diamonds used a four-run seventh inning to increase their lead, helped by three Rebels’ errors, and won, 7-2, at Sargent Field.
The Rebels, 13-6 record, were expecting a first round home game July 24 to begin district tournament play against a foe to be determined. After the first round it is off to Larchwood for the remainder of the district tournament through July 31.
“We’ll be ready to go,” said Coach Paul Martin.
The Rebels made the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament last year.
“Errors hurt us,” said Martin of the Diamonds’ big inning.
It was after two were out that three miscues took place leading to a 7-2 visitors’ lead.
The home team did have some good plays defensively as Brett Stolpe made a nice play at second base and Jordan Heyl did the same at first base.
West Sioux alumnus Chase Vander Feen reached on a walk, had a single and a two-run home run for the Diamonds.
The first three Rebels reached base in the first inning and the home team led 2-0. Mike Davenport singled, Randall Waterbury doubled and Noah Bohlmann brought both in with an RBI double. Stolpe reached on a fielder’s choice but the Larchwood pitcher got the third out and dominated the rest of the game.
Ben Brown got the pitching start for the Rebels. Jerad Kirkeby also pitched.
For the Rebels
Davenport was 2-for-4 with one run scored and a walk.
Waterbury was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Bohlmann was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Stolpe reached on a fielder’s choice.
Chad Brown was 1-for-4.
Adam Loutsch was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.
Tanner Bundy had a sacrifice.
Eric Blake was 1-for-1. Larchwood 0-2-0-1-0-0-4-0-0-7