by Max Mercy
MOOSE LAKE -- Kody Gerard hit a walk-off two-run home run to lift Moose Lake-Willow River to a 6-4 victory over Proctor in a non-conference baseball game at Moose Lake on Friday, May 8.
The Rebels jumped out to a 3-0 lead with five hits and one Proctor error in the bottom of the first inning.
Matt Tracey scored on Jake Malec's sacrifice fly in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1, and Proctor tied the score with two runs in the sixth, one on Matt Tracey's sacrifice fly scoring pinch runner [Evan O'Connor], and the other when John Aase scored when pinch hitter Reid Morin reached on an error.
ML-WR took a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Gerard led off with a double, advanced to third on an error, and scored on Rex Janke's unusual second baseman-to-pitcher RBI groundout.
Aase came through with a two-out RBI single, scoring Matt Morris, to tie the score at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning. Morris, who reached base on a walk, snapped his 12-game hit streak. (The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association lists Deer River's Tim Gullickson's 33-game streak as the state record, set over the 1981, 1982, and 1983 seasons. A 20-game streak is needed to break into the top 10 of the state records.)
Gerard was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs, and three RBIs. Teddy Ryan had two hits for the Rebels.
Winning pitcher Brad Fossum worked two innings in relief of starter Ryan. Fossum allowed one run on three hits and one walk with no strikeouts. Ryan allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and six walks with one strikeout in six innings.
Michael Gales (2-2 W-L, 1.93 ERA) went the distance on the mound for Proctor. He recovered from the shaky first inning to allow six runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. After two quick outs in the seventh, Gales issued a walk to Eric Pracar, setting up Gerard's smash.
Proctor, now 8-5, next plays at Wade Stadium in Duluth on Tuesday, May 12, against Duluth Marshall.