After starting pitcher Sam Munson was abused by the umpire in the first three innings and allowed 11 runs on 3 hits, Josh Klismith came in from the outfield to relieve Munson. Klismith confused the batters with differing speed and location. He would finish the third inning without surrendering anymore runs. He would only allow 3 more runs the rest of the game.
Klismith taking the rubber seemed to energize the bats as well, during the bottom of the 6th inning the Rangers would score 6 runs to tie the game. The rally was again spearheaded by Klismith as he cleared the bases with a triple and was made the equalizer himself when Munson launched the ball into deep centerfield sacrificing himself to score Klismith.
The Press Box would go back ahead when centerfielder Adam Zakos hit a leadoff triple and was knocked in on a sacrifice fielders choice with the bases loaded and no outs. But Klismith would stop the leak after that, and turn it over to the bats.
Jon Oldenburg would take a walk to start the inning and Cory Tjader would follow with a bouncing infield single. Matt Schroeder would come up and tie the game with a double and Derek Robinson would end the game with sharply hit ball that was fielded cleanly by shortstop Dan Roberts but thrown just out of reach of the firstbaseman allowing Tjader to score the winning run.
The Rangers won 15-14 and are now 5-1 in Minor Blue League play. They will take to Sabish North next Thursday at 7pm to take on Fat Joe's.
Double Trouble for the Rangers Tuesday Night
It must have felt like a Monday at the St. Peter Athletic Club Tuesday night as the Press Box Rangers were greeted coming out of the holiday weekend with a double header against the top two teams in the league.
Things started off quickly with the top of the first for the Rangers as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead after Brian Hauer hit a 2 RBI single driving home Dan Roberts and Craig Obry, who both reached on bunt singles. Scott Woicek knocked in Jake Kalmus with a solid single, and Peter Jessen brought in Hauer with a sacrifice fly.
Team Sports would take a quick lead in the bottom half though and add another in the second to go up 6-4 at the end of 2. But the Rangers fought back in the top of the 3rd with Jessen again sacrificing to deep left center to knock in Kalmus and Derek Robinson driving in Hauer.
Team Sports would then step on the gas pedal and start spreading out their lead before finishing the game in the bottom of the 6th with Logan Will's solo shot to get the difference to 10 and end the game on a mercy rule.
The Rangers would turn right back around and face off against the top team in the league the Press Box Blue Sox. Unfortunately a fresh faced line-up would make no difference to the defending Wisconsin ASA Class A Champions. After a quick 1-2-3 top half of the 1st, the Blue Sox picked apart pitcher Nate Schears and the Ranger defense scoring 8 runs before recording an out in the bottom of the 1st and taking a 9 run and what would turn out to be an insurmountable lead.
The Rangers would fight back with RBI singles from Schears and Cody Emerich in the second, a sacrifice fly by Obry and an RBI single by Hauer in the 3rd and another RBI single for Schears and RBI single for Steve Goeser in the 4th. Cody Emerich would end up scoring on a defensive error on a Keith Kaiser pop-up in the 4th as well.
After dropping contests of 17-7 and 20-7 this week, the Rangers will look forward to a week off of competition in the St. Peter league. They will most likely use this time off to prepare for another double header (June 12th) when they return from the bye facing the Press Box Bulldogs as visitors at 7:30 and then 8:30 as the home team versus Taco Bell.
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