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.
Merrill at Rhinelander Monday, July 1 Merrill 100 000 0 – 1 4 1 Rhinelander 000 210 x – 3 6 2
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ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. HeÂ moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
If you're interested in checking out more work from Caged Crow Fabrication, follow the link below.
WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.
A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.
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