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Rebels hitters feast on GMLOK pitching

ADAMS — Batting averages soared for the Southland Rebels baseball team on Monday in a pair of lopsided wins.

Southland pitching only allowed one run in the doubleheader sweep of the Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland Bulldogs.

In marked contrast, the Rebels bashed around a half dozen GMLOK pitchers in each game to record the sweep by scores of 22-0 and 14-1. Both games of this twinbill lasted only five innings due to the 10-run rule.

"GMLOK is a young team and struggling, but we did what we needed to do and got the sweep," Southland coach Scott Retterath said. "It was a pretty good doubleheader for us. We hit the ball well with runners in scoring position."

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Brian Voigt went five innings on the mound for the win in the opener. Voigt only allowed two hits and struck out nine.

The Rebels broke the first game open by scoring a dozen runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Rebels had a total of seven hits and they took advantage of two errors in the big rally.

Adam Nelson provided the offensive highlight of the uprising with a grand slam over the right-field fence. Nelson had six RBIs in his two at-bats.

"That pitch was right down the middle and I gave it a ride," Nelson said of his first career home run. "I couldn’t tell how far it was hit, so I just kept running. Then, I heard the crowd cheering and knew it went out. It was a great feeling to hit a grand slam."

Mitch Nagele, a freshman, got his first varsity pitching start in the late game and picked up the win. An unearned run by GMLOK in the second inning was the only blemish on his statistical line for the day.

This was a makeup game and the Rebels were the visitors in the late affair. This allowed them to score first with two runs in the second inning and they led the whole way.

It was a 3-1 lead for the Rebels in the top of the fourth, when they broke it open. The GMLOK pitching staff began issuing walks en masse and the rout was on. The Rebels scored seven runs on only two hits in the fourth inning.

This offensive outburst gave Nagele a large cushion to work with and the young hurler scattered two hits with four strikeouts to get his first win.

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"I was pretty nervous, but the defense backed me up and got me out of a couple of innings," Nagele said. "All the runs made me more comfortable and I just tried to throw strikes. I was able to mix up my pitches and stay ahead of their hitters."

Four more runs in the top of the fifth made it a short mound outing for Nagele. A couple of GMLOK errors opened the door to the final rally of the day. Winston Smith started the fun with a leadoff single, and Kody Retterath capped it off with a RBI double.

Buoyed by the run support, Nagele quickly finished the game in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out two of the three batters to complete the sweep.

"I put Mitch out there to see what he could do, and it was a good start to his pitching career," coach Retterath said. "I’ll be looking forward to seeing him do that a lot over the next four years. Brian had a lot of pop on his pitches in the first game. We got two quality starts from our pitching staff."

Southland (11-2) plays host to Fillmore Central in a Three Rivers Conference, South Division game this afternoon in Adams.

Southland 22, GMLOK 0, 5 inn.

First game

GMLOK 000 00 — 0 2 4

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Southland 0(12)8 2x — 22 16 1

GMLOK: Josh McGill 1-2; Kenny Colton 1-2. LP: Colton 1 IP, 7 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 0 K.

Southland: Mitch Schroeder 2-4, walk, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Brian Voigt 2-4, run, 3 RBI; Kody Retterath 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Andrew Maiers 1-2, 4 runs; Adam Nelson 2-2, 2B, HR, 2 runs, 6 RBI; Cody Barnes 1-1, walk, run, 2 RBI. WP: Voigt 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 HB, 3 BB, 9 K.

Southland 14, GMLOK 1, 5 inn.

Second game

Southland 021 74 — 14 8 3

GMLOK 010 00 — 1 2 3

Southland: Mitch Schroeder 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SB, 2 runs; Cody Kirkpatrick 1-3, HBP, SB, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Brian Voigt 1-3, walk, 2 runs, RBI; Kody Retterath 2-3, walk, 2B, run, 3 RBI; Winston Smith 2-2, walk, 2 SB, 2 runs, RBI. WP: Mitch Nagele 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K.

GMLOK: Kenny Colton 1-2, walk, 2B, run; Josh McGill 1-2. LP: Michael Schlitts 3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K.

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