PROCTOR -- The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels rode a five run fourth inning to a 9-2 victory over the Proctor Rails in their season opener Friday night.
The Rails kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the second by manufacturing a run via small ball. Clean-up hitter Matt Johnson drew a full count walk to lead off the inning, stole second base, and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Fugere. Starting pitcher Mason Flick then picked up the season's first RBI, scoring Johnson on a ground out to third.
Nolan McLeod, making his varsity debut in left field, secured the Rails first hit of the season in the third, but neither team would score again until the fourth, when the Rebels sent all nine men to the plate. Blake Juhl, Jordan Fjusne, Logan Privett, Carter Klund, Henry Ribich, and Andrew Burn strung together six consecutive singles for the visiting team, with Klund, Ribich, and Burn tallying at least one RBI each. Ben Dewey added an RBI ground out to second, and the score stood at 6-1 with Proctor trailing.
The Rails once again scratched across a run in the 5th. Flick led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to third courtesy of the wild pitch. McLeod tallied his first varsity RBI, batting in Flick on a ground out to second. But the Rebels would score twice in the sixth off Ryan Lear, and twice in the seventh off Fugure, to secure the victory. Only one of the runs against Fugere was earned.
Flick took the loss for Proctor in his season debut, pitching four innings and allowing five earned runs to go with six strikeouts. Danny Whited was the winning pitcher for the Rebels.
Austin Parrott provided the only other hit for the home team, and added a stolen base. Fugere, Will Tracey, and Tristan Parrott all made their Proctor varsity debuts in addition to McLeod. The Rails fall to 0-1 to begin the season, while the Rebels advance to 1-0.