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Lake City Serpents  7 9 1
Fort Ripley Rebels  5 8 3
Innings: 9
WP: Kyle Suresly 5IP  1r 4h 2k 2bb (78 pitches)
Ryan Wolfe 3+IP 4r 4h 1k 1bb 3hp
Save: Tyler Zemla (Rochester) 1IP 0r 0h 2k 2bb
LP: Ethan Branum 3 2/3IP 5r 6h 2k 0bb 2hp
Logan Kalis 4 1/3IP 2r 3h 2k 3bb 2hp
Brett Kramer 1IP 0r 0h 2k 0bb

Brett Gwaltney 3-4 sac, rbi, run
Logan Thomas 2-5 rbi
Matt Miller 0-3 bb(2), run
Austin Baab 1-4 Hr, sac fly, 3 rbi, run
Jake Fletcher 1-3 Hr, hp(2), rbi, run
Hunter Baab 0-4 hp
Zach Wolfe 1-4 hp, rbi, run
-Kyle Suresly
-Tyler Zemla
Ryan Wolfe 0-4
-Tony Hofman 0-1
Ben Edelbach 1-3 bb, sac, 2 runs

Brian Skluzacek 1-3 bb, hp, 2 runs
Nick Jelacie 2-5 Hr, 3 rbi, run
Zach Heidmann 0-5
Logan Kalis 1-4 hp
Brett Kramer 1-4 bb, sb(2), run
Rhett Williamson 0-3 bb(2), rbi
Jason Sather 2-5 rbi
-Ethan Branum
-Ray Austin
Bill Sather 1-4
Brad Waytashek 0-2 bb, hp
-Jack Schafer 0-0 run

The Fort Ripley Rebels fell behind the Lake City Serpents early in their first round game at the State Tournament in Delano on Sunday and never could fully recover, falling 7-5 to the Serpents and ending the Rebels season.  

Lake City put their lead-off man aboard with an infield single against Rebels starter Ethan Branum.   2 ground outs later, Branum almost escaped the inning unscathed, but Austin Baab lofted a long fly ball down the the left field line that just left the ball park for a 2-run Homer and the Serpents took a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the 1st, Serpents starter Kyle Suresly set the Rebels down in order on a pair of ground outs to 2nd and a strikeout.

Lake City added a run in the top of the 2nd on an rbi single by Brett Gwaltney with 1 out.  Branum then got a double play (4-6-3) to finish the top of the 2nd with the Rebels trailing 3-0.  Logan Kalis led off the bottom of the 2nd with a single to left, but was forced on a ground ball by Brett Kramer.  A pair of fly balls to the outfield followed and the Rebels were done in the 2nd, still down 3-0.

In the top of the 3rd, Lake City put another run on the board when Jake Fletcher connected for a 2-out solo Homer off Branum.  The bottom of the 3rd turned out to be  pivotal one in hindsight for the Rebels. It began with a lead-off single to left by Bill Sather, then consecutive walks to Brad Waytashek and Brian Skluzacek filled the bases with no outs.  Kyle Suresly got Nick Jelacie to pop out to shortstop, then a foul out to the pitcher by Zach Heidmann was followed by an unassisted put-out at 3rd on a grounder by Logan Kalis and the once promising scoring chance for the Rebels came up empty.

In the top of 4th, Lake City strung together 3 straight 2-out singles to add another run to their lead.  The 3rd hit came off new Rebels pitcher Logan Kalis, and Lake City's lead was now 5-0.  The Rebels countered with their first run of the game in the bottom of the 4th.  Brett Kramer dropped a single into center field to start, then swiped 2nd.  Rhett Williamson the crushed a ball to the right field corner, coming within maybe a foot of clearing the fence for a 2-run Homer.  Instead, the catch was made,  with Kramer tagging up and advancing to 3rd.  Jason Sather then singled to left to dive in Kramer to make it 5-1. Suresly then ended the inning with a fly to center and a tapper back to the mound, and after 4 complete, Lake City led 5-1.

In the top of the 5th, Logan Kalis kept the Serpents off the scoreboard for the first time all game, giving up just a harmless 2-out single.  Kyle Suresly then mowed through the Rebels in the bottom of the 5th on a ground out to 1st, a bouncer to shortstop and a called 3rd strike.

In the top of the 6th, Logan Kalis got the first two hitters to ground out to 3rd baseman Brett Kramer before striking out Logan Thomas to end the inning.   In the bottom of the 6th, Lake City brought in right-hander Ryan Wolfe to relieve Suresly.  wolfe retired Logan Kalis on a grounder to shortstop, then Brett Kramer's fly to center was caught by a diving Brett Gwaltney in the right-center gap.  Rhett Williamson took a walk, Jason Sather singled to right-center and a Wolfe wild pitch gave Fort Ripley men at 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs.  Wolfe stranded those runners with a Bill Sather ground out to 2nd with the Rebels unable to close the gap on the Serpents.

In the top of the 7th, Lake City once again extended their lead.  Back-to-back errors allowed the first two hitter to reach base.  After a Logan Kalis strike out, a hit batter loaded things up with 1 out.  Zach Wolfe sent a hard ground ball right back to Kalis on the mound.  Kalis was able to knock the ball down, but as he looked right and left in an attempt to locate the ball, Matt Miller was racing home from 3rd.  Kalis was able to finally locate the ball, and throw to 1st to record the out.  A ground out to Rhett Williamson at shortstop ended the top of the 7th with Lake City now holding a 6-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 7th, Wolfe fanned Brad Waytashek, but then gave up a single to Brian Skluzacek.  Nick Jelacie then got a hold of an 0-1 offering from Wolfe and drove a 2-run Homer over the wall in left-center to make it 6-3.  That's all the Rebels would get in the 7th, but those 2 runs had given them some hope of accomplishing a late-came comeback.

In the top of the 8th, the Serpents grabbed one of those runs right back.  #9 hitter Ben Edelbach led off with a walk, was sacrificed to 2nd, and after an infield single and a walk loaded the bases with 1 out, an Austin Baab sacrifice fly allowed Edelbach to tag u and score, putting Lake City up 7-3.  A Kalis hit-by pitch re-loaded the bases with 2 outs, but a ground ball to Rhett Williamson finished off the top of the 8th, as Lake City left the bases loaded.  In the home half of the 8th, Ryan Wolfe got Rhett Williamson to fly to center, Jason Sather grounded to 3rd and Bill Sather grounded to shortstop to make it  1-2-3 inning.

Brett Kramer took over the Fort Ripley pitching duties in the top of the 9th, striking out 2 and getting another ground ball to Williamson.  Fort Ripley was now down to their final 3 outs of the season, trailing 7-3.  The final frame began with Ryan Wolfe hitting Brad Waytashek with a pitch.  Jack Schafer then was inserted as a pinch-runner for Waytashek.  Wolfe then hit Brian Skluzacek to put him on base as well.  It was 1st and 2nd with no outs, and the power part of the batting order coming up.  Nick Jelacie singled to left, scoring Schafer fro 2nd and it was 7-4 with 2 on and still no outs and the potential tying run in Zach Heidmann coming up.  But Heidmann wouldn't get a chance to face Wolfe.  Lake City brought in a hard-throwing right handed draftee from the Rochester Roadrunners, Tyler Zemla to face the slugging Heidmann.  Zemla got Heidmann to fly out to shallow center to produce the first out.  He then caught Logan Kalis looking at strike 3 on an inside corner fastball.  Fort Ripley was down to their final out.  Brett Kramer walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases and keep the Rebels chances alive.  Now the potential WINNING run would have a chance to swing in Rhett Williamson.  Remember, Rhett had just missed a Home Run with fly out to the right field wall in the 4th.  Zemla was now having trouble locating, and eventually walked Williamson to force in Skluzacek to make it 7-5, to move the tying run (Brett Kramer) into scoring position, and with winning run was on 1st.  Jason Sather, who already had posted a pair of hits in the game, including a run-scoring single in the 4th, now had a chance to complete the comeback.  But seemingly as quickly as Zemla had appeared to lose his fastball control, he found it again.  He zipped 3 of them by Jason to end the game with a strikeout and the 7-5 score became final, ending the Rebels season and sending Lake City to Round 2 against Fairmont next weekend.

Lake City Serpents Fort Ripley Rebels
Billy Sather
Brad Waytashek
Brett Kramer
Brian Skluzacek
Chris Veith
Christopher Smolke
Chuck Plante
Dustin Littlefield
Ethan Branum
Jack Schafer
Jacob Caughey
Jason Sather
Jim Kramer
Joseph Anthony Anderson
Logan Kalis
Malachy Brink
Nick Jelacie
Ray Austin
Rhett Williamson
Robert Veith
Tim Veith
Zach Heidmann