ANTIGO - "You really had a lot of shifting tides in this game. We'd have an inning, they'd have one right back."
Rhinelander Rebels coach Dan Huhnstock and his players couldn't sense any continuity in a wild 17-13 loss at Antigo Thursday night.
Each team had three separate innings scoring two or more runs, but the Typhoon sent the Rebels to their second loss in a row to start the American Legion baseball season.
Defensively, errors again hurt the Rebels. They committed seven in just six innings on the field.
"Making the routine plays. That's our focus, making the routine plays. We make the routine plays in this game, we win this game," Huhnstock said.
Rhinelander pitchers Kent Mathews and Lucas Michlig struggled through their stints with often shaky assistance from the defense behind them.
"It seemed like innings were self-destruction on the defensive part," Huhnstock said.
Through an inning and a half, the Rebels found themselves in a position rare enough during the Rhinelander High School spring season – holding a relatively comfortable lead.
Trevor Young drove home Michlig in the first inning to put Rhinelander up 1-0. Then, in the second, the Rebels used a two-run double by Brevin Persike and a Michlig RBI single to race out to a 6-0 advantage.
Mathews had worked around a Randy Krebs base hit for a scoreless first inning, but the levee broke for him in the second. Antigo sent 13 men to the plate and tallied nine runs. Mathews didn't even record an out until the seventh batter of the inning, Jake Maly, grounded into a force play.
But the damage wasn't complete after that. Mathews plunked three consecutive Antigo batters to re-load the bases, and then a two-run single by Erik Schielke totaled the nine runs for the Typhoon.
The seesaw continued in the fourth inning. The Rebels entered down by the same 9-6 score and got off to a slow start, with both Michlig and Luke Linsmeyer retired to begin the frame. But Rhinelander scored five runs, all with two outs.
Alec Baumgartner started with a single, which was followed by a Young walk. Alex Reas drove home Baumgartner with a single of his own, after which Antigo starting pitcher Corey Stensberg was pulled. But the Rebels continued to hit against reliever Blake Below. Derek Mathison walked, Lukas Kreger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and then Persike drove home another run with a single.
Rhinelander had retaken a 11-9 lead, but gave it right back in the bottom of the fourth. Errors in the field by Mathison at second base and Baumgartner behind the plate helped the Typhoon score three times.
After Antigo extended their advantage to 13-11 in the fifth, the Rebels brought things back to even. They strung together two-out base hits by Persike, Scott Sedlacek, and Michlig to tie the score at 13-13.
In all, eight of Rhinelander's 13 runs were scored with two outs.
Antigo and Rhinelander entered the bottom of the sixth back square again at 13, but Michlig couldn't hold back the Typhoon. After a Caleb Raddant strikeout, Below, Cassius Noskowiak, Rob Bastle, and Maly earned consecutive base hits off Michlig for four runs and the winning margin.
Schielke worked a perfect top of the seventh to close out the Antigo victory.
The Rebels drop to 0-2 on the Legion season despite a huge offensive night.
"Thirteen runs is wonderful. It would win most games. I was very pleased. We had production throughout the whole lineup. It wasn't just the top of the order doing it, we had it spread out throughout the whole lineup," Huhnstock said.
In fact, every batter in the order save for Sedlacek scored a run. The Rebels' 13 runs came on 11 hits, and they used three Antigo errors.
Persike shined with a three-hit day including a double. He drove home three and scored two runs.
"He's playing a lot like he did during the JV season, attacking the ball. Tonight, we found a lot of green out there for him," Huhnstock said.
Schielke inning and a third were good enough for the win, while the four seventh-inning runs allowed cost Michlig the loss.
Rhinelander next takes on Chequamegon tonight in Park Falls.
Rhinelander at Antigo Thursday, June 13, 2013
Rhinelander 150 502 0 – 13 11 7 Antigo 090 314 x – 17 15 2
Rhinelander AB R H RBI Michlig ss-p 4 2 2 2 Linsmeyer rf 4 2 0 0 Baumgartner c 5 1 2 0 Young 3b 4 1 1 1 Reas cf 5 2 2 1 Mathison 2b-ss 2 2 0 0 Kreger 1b 3 2 0 1 Persike lf 4 2 3 3 Sedlacek dh-2b 4 0 1 1 -Mathews p 0 0 0 0
IP H R ER SO BB Mathews 4 11 12 8 1 2 Michlig, L 2 4 5 5 1 2
Antigo AB R H RBI Bastle ss 5 2 2 2 Maly cf 4 0 1 3 Krebs c 4 1 1 0 Wegter 4 1 0 0 Chrudimsky 1b 1 3 1 0 Shielke rf-p 4 1 3 2 Stensberg p-3b 3 2 1 1 -Raddant rf 1 0 0 0 Will 3b 2 1 2 1 -Below p-3b 2 2 2 1 Noskowiak lf 4 2 2 1
IP H R ER SO BB Stensberg 3 2/3 6 8 7 7 4 Below 2 4 4 2 3 1 Schielke, W 1 1/3 0 0 0 2 0
WAUSAU - Police in Wausau expect to forward forgery charges to the Marathon County District Attorney against four people after finding counterfeit money in the area.
Patrick J. Eppolite, Jr., 22; Michael A. Beck, 27; Jeremy J. Hess, 36; and Amanda M. Bender, 32, are currently in jail on probation holds, but investigators believe they're connected to some counterfeit 20 dollar bills in the area, according to the Wausau Police Department.
EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines fishing team is about as basic as it gets.
Just two kids, bait, and their gear.
"I didn't expect to go anywhere," said Northland Pines Junior Mike John.
But in their first year the team is headed to nationals after getting second BASS Wisconsin High School Fishing Tournament. It was the first tournament they've competed in together.
Mike John is going to be a junior. Harmon Marien became a freshman right before the state tournament started.
"Wednesday previous I was in 8th grade and then that Saturday and Sunday we took second in the high school tournament," Northland Pines Freshman Marien said. "That was pretty cool, good way to start high school."
RHINELANDER - This week, a seven-year-old put his life in danger to save his baby sister and little brother from a house fire near downtown Rhinelander.
On Friday, the Rhinelander Fire Department honored that little boy for his bravery.
Rhinelander firefighters now call Adam Granger, 7, a hero.
"He tells me over and over how he wasn't scared and just wanted to save his sister's life and didn't want her to die," said Jenny Schroeder, Adam's mother.
Adam saved his six-month old sister and four-year-old brother from a house fire in downtown Rhinelander.
"His actions, his quick thinking, saved two lives that day," said Rhinelander Fire Assistant Chief Tom Waydick.
Investigators still don't know the exact cause of the fire, but they say it started in the kitchen. Adam's father, Adam Granger, Sr., went outside for a couple minutes to start a campfire, and the next thing
he knew his house was up in flames.
"And the kids were in and out of the house helping him," Waydick said.
When he saw the smoke, Adam's father and his brother ran inside to get the three kids upstairsï¿½ï¿½"not realizing they had already gotten out. To do that, Adam had to run past the fire to get to the bedroom where his baby sister was. Then he went back towards the flames and led his younger brother down the back steps to safety.
"[I'm] Very proud and honored to have him as my son," Schroeder said.
Schroeder doesn't want to think of how it could have turned out.
"We've talked about how the other outcome could have been worse," Schroeder said.
GREEN BAY - Prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her mother and injuring a third person in the Green Bay area.
Jacob Cayer of Ashwaubenon was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. WLUK-TV reports Cayer also is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, burglary and bail jumping.
MERCER - You don't expect to see crowds in secluded parts of Iron County, but loons tend to be a big draw.
"There's a lot of people who have had interest in loon research," said DNR wildlife biologist John Olson.
"Monitor change overtime in the wildlife population here in the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Are loons increasing or staying stable or decreasing the numbers of breeding pair?" said retired wildlife biologist, Bruce Bacon.
The community has shown interest in the animal and with the research collected, the volunteers can maintain a steady population of loons in the water.
"Over the years, there have been a number of people who have done real exciting loon work up here," said Olson.
Over the last few surveys, the DNR have decided to expand its research to all wildlife in water and on land, not just the loons.
"The survey has developed into being more all-inclusive of any wildlife we see out here. Especially breeding birds," said Olson.
Some animals seen on Friday include a deer and her fawn, ducks, geese, eagles, ospreys, and of course multiple loons.
The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a total of 14,000 acres. Individual volunteers maintain the area year round. If they notice a home or shelter destroyed, they will help start a new one for the animals.
"It's rewarding to see a place like the Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Wisconsin and this monitoring gives us a sense of how to monitor and protect it," said Bacon.
Overall, the goal for the group is to collect data on the animals and maintain that number to keep the Northwoods booming with wildlife.
The power of volunteerism was in full effect on Friday. Six boats covered all 14,000 acres of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.
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