RHINELANDER - Solid pitching and serviceable defense haven't been consistent pieces for Rhinelander baseball this spring and summer.
On Monday night, the Rhinelander Rebels got both.
Alec Baumgartner gave up a single run on four hits in a 3-1 complete game win over Merrill on Monday night.
"It all starts with pitching. When you get a tremendous performance like we did tonight with Alec Baumgartner going the distance, and you make some plays behind him, it makes it a very enjoyable night at the ball diamond," said Rebels coach Dan Huhnstock after the game.
Rhinelander committed a pair of errors, but neither led to a run.
Huhnstock wasn't necessarily planning on using Baumgartner on the mound for the entire game. But his quick work of Merrill gave Huhnstock no choice but to leave him in.
"He was throwing very well, and it was a tight game, so we just rode him all night, and he had a very, very fine outing," the coach said of his 96 pitches.
At the plate, Rhinelander was shut down by Merrill starter Coleton Bloch early on. Merrill held a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, as Bloch struck out seven in the first three frames.
"We told the guys they had to make a little adjustment at the plate. The strike zone was very consistent, but it was low. A lot of the pitches they struck out on early in the game, they were taking too many pitches that were being called strikes," Huhnstock said.
The Rebels tallied twice in the fourth to take the lead. Bryce White reached first on an error, and Lukas Kreger followed with a walk. Trevor Young knocked in White with a single that moved Kreger to third. Derek Mathison would drive home Young with a dribbler up the third base line that he beat out at first.
"Sometimes you'll hit little numbers, and they'll do the job," Huhnstock laughed.
Baumgartner scored in a similar way in the fifth. He led off with a single, was sent to second with a White single, moved to third on a Kreger sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. That made it 3-1 Rhinelander.
Baumgartner retired the side in order in the sixth, but was forced to strand the tying run on second in the seventh to end the game.
The Rebels' six hits were spread among five batters. White had the only multi-hit game. Neither team recorded an extra-base hit.
"Everybody's up there taking their hacks. We are not a strong hitting team…but everybody is up there doing the little things to stay competitive," said Huhnstock.
Rhinelander moves within a game of .500 at 5-6. They've won five of their last seven games. A week off until their next matchup will allow some key pieces to get healthy.
"Hopefully we'll get Mitch Reinthaler back playing. Luke Michlig is hoping he can go. I know Trevor (Young) tweaked his ankle again tonight. A week off with a lot of ice sure won't hurt it," Huhnstock said.
The Rebels visit Medford on Monday.
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CHETEK, WI - A preliminary report from federal aviation investigators says witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger.
The Leader-Telegram reports that the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed several witnesses who were fishing in a pond near the Red Cedar River at the time of crash on May 24.
FOREST COUNTY - Bringing your pet along to watch fireworks might seem like a fun way to spend the Fourth of July, but you could be doing more harm than good.
July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for most animal shelters.
That's because fearful pets try to escape the bangs and flashes from fireworks and end up lost.
Forest County Humane Society president Jay Schaefer says don't let yourself add to your pet's stress.
Play it down, and make the fireworks a good thing with positive talk and treats.
"They're reading cues from us constantly. So be careful of your body language and the cues you're giving them. If you act like fireworks are a big scary thing they're gonna be like, 'oh my god fireworks are scary,'" says Schaefer.
Exercise can be another way to calm your pet before the big light show.
Burning off the energy earlier in the day may help your pet go to sleep early.
"Take them for a jog on the Fourth of July. I know it's hectic, but do something so they're not all amped up at night when the fireworks go off," says Schaefer.
Like many humans, pets like the smell of lavender.
You can try diffusing the scent around the house to put your pet at ease.
Make sure you have a well-fitting collar and identification tag on your pet.
If flashes are too bright, you might want to close the curtains.
HAZELHURST - A week and a half ago, the Marathon County Dive Team pulled the body of 41-year-old Dominic Flaminio from the Wisconsin River. He drowned while trying to save his girlfriend's eight-year-old son, who was struggling in the current.
When Greg Bohn saw the story at his home in Hazelhurst, he felt like his heart was ripped out.
"This was so preventable," he remembers thinking.
It also motivated him to keep working on a water safety goal he's been chasing for years.
EAGLE RIVER - When your entire theater production fits in the back of your SUV, you need to know how to do -- and be -- just about everything.
"You kind of have to be the jack of all trades," actor Chris Cummings said.
Cummings is a stagehand, a set designer, and this summer a bug. He and fellow actor Jennifer Schreiner travel the Midwest out of their Chicago-area homes for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, which is based in Portland, Oregon.
WAUSAU - Every year, firefighters around the country ask their communities to fill up boots with money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Wausau Fire Department kicked off its "Fill the Boot" campaign Tuesday morning.
The fire department will be at local events throughout the summer to collect donations.
The fundraiser helps with research and treatment for neuromuscular diseases for kids and adults.
"It's kind of a rewarding part of the job. Most of what we do is off camera, you don't really get to see all aspects of the fire department. It is a great chance for us to get out there and see all the programs we are involved in to help,"says firefighter Matt Tormohlen.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - More than three months passed since family and friends have seen a Plover woman.
Krista Sypher, 44, has been missing since March 13.
Since then Plover police have been investigating.
Wednesday that investigation led them to a landfill in Wisconsin Rapids
Plover Police Chief Dan Ault said they've been searching the Cranberry Creek Landfill since Monday. He wouldn't say what they have or have not found. He also couldn't say how or why the investigation led them to this landfill.
Chief Ault said it's possible they might be back to continue the search on Thursday.
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