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Fort Ripley Rebels
WP: Jason Roepke 5 1/3IP 0r 2h 1k 2bb
SP: Brett Jenkins 3 2/3IP 2r 5h 0k 7bb
LP: Jake Lynn (Aitkin Steam) 4 2/3IP 5r 9h 1k 1bb 3hp
Brett Kramer 3 1/3IP 0r 1h 6k 4bb 2hp
Drew Boland 1-3 bb, hp, run
Jeremiah Piepkorn 1-4 sac fly, rbi
Jason Roepke 1-1 bb, hp(3), rbi
-Logan McElfresh 0-0
-Eric Bolt 0-0
Aaron Jenkins 2-5 rbi
Adam Hardy 1-5
Morgan Shepherd 1-3 bb, hp, 2 runs
Chris Pederson 1-3 sac, bb, run
Tyler Wittwer 1-1
-Tory Miller 0-4 run
Brett Jenkins 1-3 3B, bb, 2 rbi
Brian Skluzacek 1-4 bb
Nick Jelacie 1-3 sac, bb, run
Zach Heidmann 2-4 2B, bb
Logan Kalis 0-4 bb
Brett Kramer 1-1 bb(4), rbi, run
Rhett Williamson 1-5
Bill Sather 1-3 sac fly, rbi
Ray Austin 0-2 bb, sac
-Jack Schafer 0-0
Brad Waytashek 0-3
-Chris Smolke 0-1
The Nisswa Lightning captured the 2019 Region 8C Championship with a 5-2 win over the Fort Ripley Rebels on Sunday in Avon.
Fort Ripley loaded the bases in the top of the 1st against Nisswa starter Brett Jenkins on singles by Brian Skluzacek and Zach Heidmann and a walk to Brett Kramer, but a ground-out to shortstop left the bases loaded for the Rebels. Jake Lynn, a draftee from the Aitkin Steam, was the starting pitcher for the Rebels and put two men on base in the bottom of the 1st when Jason Roepke was hit by a pitch and Aaron Jenkins singled, but both were stranded on a fly out to right fielder Logan Kalis.
In the top of the 2nd, Fort Ripley once again filled the bases on a Bill Sather single and walks to Brian Skluzacek and Nick Jelacie. But once again, Brett Jenkins got out of trouble with a ground out to shortstop. In the bottom of the 2nd, Nisswa plated 2 runs with base hits from Morgan Shepherd and Chris Pederson and a bunt single by Tyler Wittwer. Brett Jenkins then was issued a walk to force in a run, and 1 out later, a sacrifice fly by Jeremiah Piepkorn made it 2-0.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard in the top of the 3rd when Brett Kramer walked with 1 out, Rhett Williamson then singled, sending Kramer to 3rd. A Bill Sather sacrifice fly brought in Kramer to make it 2-1. Jake Lynn then worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 3rd and Nisswa took a 2-1 lead into the 4th inning.
The Rebels tied thing up in the 4th when Nick Jelacie beat out a 2-out infield single. Brett Jenkins then walked 3 straight batters, including a run-scoring walk to Brett Kramer to bring in Jelacie and make it a 2-2 game. After that walk by Jenkins, his 7th, the Lightning brought in Jason Roepke to pitch. Roepke got a ground out to 2nd to leave the bases loaded once again, as the Rebels left 10 men on base through 4 innings.
In the bottom of the 4th, Nisswa took the lead for good. Tory Miller got things started by reaching on an error. After a line drive out, Drew Boland and Jeremiah Piepkorn singled to load the bases with 1 out. Jason Roepke and Aaron Jenkins then both delivered rbi singles to give the Lightning a 4-2 lead before Jake Lynn got a inning-ending 5-2-3 double play.
In the top of the 5th, Jason Roepke retired the Rebels in order on 6 pitches. Nisswa got their lead-off batter, Morgan Shepherd, on base when he was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Chris Pederson moved Shepherd to 2nd with 1 out. A ground out to shortstop by Tory Miller moved Shepherd to 3rd with 2 outs. Brett Jenkins then cracked a run-scoring triple to the left-center gap to bring in Shepherd and make it 5-2. Fort Ripley then brought in Brett Kramer to relieve Lynn. Kramer walked Drew Boland but then fanned Jeremiah Piepkorn to end the 5th with the Lightning holding a 5-2 lead.
In the top of the 6th, Zach Heidmann doubled with 2 outs off Roepke, but was stranded on a line drive to 3rd baseman Aaron Jenkins. In the bottom of the 6th, Jason Roepke was hit by pitch for the 3rd time on the game to lead off. After a Kramer strikeout, Adam Hardy singled to center. A wild pitch then put men at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. But Kramer was able to get out of that jam with a fly out to left and a strikeout.
In the top of the 7th, Brett Kramer laced a lead-off single. But Roepke got two quick outs on fly balls to the outfield, then wheeled to 1st and picked off Kramer to end the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Kramer struck out the first 2 hitters, then hit Drew Boland with a pitch. A fly out to center fielder Nick Jelacie then completed the 7th with the 5-2 Nisswa lead still intact.
In the top of the 8th,Ray Austin was issued a lead-off walk by Roepke. Jack Schafer was put in for Austin as a pinch-runner at 1st. Chris Smolke then grounded into a fielders choice for the first out, with fly balls to right and left field to follow to end the inning.In the bottom of the 8th, Nisswa put together one final scoring opportunity. Jason Roepke walked, and 2 outs later, both Morgan Shepherd and Chris Pederson walked and Nisswa once again had the bases loaded with 2 outs. Brett Kramer got an inning-ending strikeout to leave all 3 runners on base and send the game to the 9th.
Jason Roepke began the 9th by getting a called 3rd strike on Zach Heidmann, then got Logan Kalis to ground out to shortstop to produce 2 quick outs. Brett Kramer kept the game alive by reaching base with his 4th walk of the game. But Roepke the finished things off by getting Rhett Williamson to fly out to right fielder Chris Pederson to end the game with the Lightning winning 5-2. It's the 3rd Region 8C Championship for Nisswa, after winning back-to-back Titles in 2015 and 2016.
Fort Ripley Rebels
Joseph Anthony Anderson