MCC Softball Ends Season against Edgerton
The MCC Rebel Softball team began the playoffs on Tuesday June 1st in Edgerton. The Rebels qualified as the 5th seed in sub-section 3a south and matched up with the RRC/WWG Falcons in the opening round. The first round of the playoffs in single elimination and if you win you advance to the double elimination. If you win the first game you play a second game to begin that round of the playoffs. MCC has played RRC/WWG twice this season; both games ended in the ten run rule this game would be very different.
The MCC Rebels have struggled this season to get wins but in many of their games they would strike first taking the early lead. The Rebels were ready to go in this game scoring two runs in the first inning. With one out on the scoreboard the Rebels Abby Loosebrock would single and steal second and Sophie Larson would draw a walk. Zoey Iverson would ground out to second to move the runner ahead to 2nd and 3rd. MCC would draw a walk and then a single by Morgan Winter would help the Rebels score a pair of runs with two outs. It was a great start for the Rebels who would take the lead after one 2-0. The Rebels would then fail to score a run over the next four innings. While the Rebels went scoreless RRC/WWG would begin to rally in the third inning. The Falcons would start the inning with a hit by pitch followed by an error on the Rebels that would plate the first Falcons run. A single would score a second run but a fielder’s choice followed by a single would give the Falcons a lead 3-2 before the Rebels could end the inning. Red Rock Central would score two more runs in the fifth inning on a couple of hits, a passed ball and a couple of walks. The Falcons were up 5-2 and the Rebels offense needed a jump start.
MCC came to the plate in the top half of the fifth sixth inning needing a rally and they would get it. Morgan Winter would walk and was moved over on a single by Mary Lou McNab. Atalie Rosenbrook would pinch hit and walk to load the bases. Karissa Hurd would drive in a run on a single as would Brynn Graphenteen. Abby Loosebrock would walk to score a run and an error would force across the final run of the inning and MCC was in front 6-5. MCC would not allow a run in the bottom of the 6th and the Rebels would come up with two more runs in the seventh on a Abby Loosebrock two run single to center. MCC would go to the bottom of the 7th up 8-5. With the bottom of the order coming up for the Falcons would be in good position but the Rebels would walk the first batter of the inning and hit the second. Bethany Byers would single in both runners and she would come in on a passed ball to tie the game. The Falcons would get the win 9-8 on a passed ball in which the Rebels could not record the out at the plate.
The game combined some of the best moments for the Rebels this season and also showed some of the weaker moments that cost this team. MCC had some big hits Abby Loosebrock finished the night with 3 hits and 4 at bats plus a walk. Zoey Iverson, Morgan Winter, and Mary Lou McNab had two hits each. The Rebels had more hits and drew more walks than the Falcons but MCC stranded ten runners on base. The Falcons Izzy Rentchler led the way with 3 hits in the game and two RBI’s but the Falcons were able to use a couple of Rebel errors to score three extra runs and that would prove to be the difference in a one run game. Emma Johnson took the loss for the Rebels allowing 10 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8 and allowing 5 earned runs. Nichole Schroepfer picked up the win allowing 14 hits and 8 walks while allowing 8 earned runs and striking out 7. The Rebels season comes to an end and the high school careers of Emma Johnson, Brynn Graphenteen, and Martha Mogren but the rest of the Rebels will return next season for a batting lineup that returns 8 of 9 hitters and even more young talent coming to the varsity level. The future is bright for MCC softball. The game also signaled the end of the coaching careers of head coach James Wajer and assistant coach Hank Veldhuisen. The number of players that have been through the program over the past 19 years and the many wins that have taken place over that time can be attributed to not only hard work of players but the guidance they received from these two outstandings representatives of Murray County Central and the community.