Muskrats end with a bang

Renville County scores 7 runs in final inning to defeat Surrey 15-2

Ashton Gerard/MDN Renville County's Corbin Hall makes contact with the ball during the first inning of an American Legion Class B game in Surrey Monday against the Blue Sox.

At the top of the fifth inning, Renville County’s Gannon Hall eyes down the Surry Blue Sox pitcher before him. Teammate Stetson Helwig stole second, hungry to bring it home. Hall sees the perfect pitch and with a monstrous swing the ball soars to the right field fence.

Stetson crosses home with ease and looks back to see Hall planted safely on third. This was Hall’s third run batted in of the game Monday.

“I think he was a home run short of a cycle,” Renville County head coach Bart Savelkoul said with a laugh. “It’s Gannon Hall’s birthday and he played Babe Ruth so it was a good effort.”

Hall was in fact just a home run short of a cycle. He started off the game with a double in the second, added a single in the fourth and the triple in the fifth. Hall was walked his final two appearances at the plate.

By the end of the game, the Muskrats defeated the Blue Sox 15-2. Seven of their 15 runs came in the seventh inning as the hot summer sun began to set in Surrey.

Ashton Gerard/MDN Surrey's Mason Dunn delivers a pitch Monday during an American Legion Class B game against Renville County at Surrey High School.

“Not good,” Blue Sox head coach Kelly Wetzel said after the game. “We played probably our worst game of the season so far.”

The week layoff for the Fourth of July seemed to leave the Blue Sox lagging behind, while the Muskrats were able to shake off the holiday rust Sunday against Bottineau.

“We had a terrible day in Bottineau yesterday,” Savelkoul said. “We got no hit and we needed to get the bats going.”

Dalton Moberg started on the mound for the Muskrats and pitched the full game, giving up a limited amount of hits and walks.

The team came into Monday dialed in and was able to put up the runs they failed to in Bottineau. Behind their 15 runs were 11 hits. In addition to Hall, Muskrats that delivered extra base hits included Moberg (double in the third), Henry Savelkoul (double in the fourth), Charles Eriksmoen (double in the fifth), Garrett Schmidt (double in the seventh) and Helwig (triple in the seventh).

Starting on the mound for the Blue Sox was Mason Dunn. Coach Wetzel was happy with his performance as a starter but was disappointed that the field wasn’t there for support. Dunn was relieved after the fourth inning.

“We’re a good team,” Wetzel said. “We’re better than we showed today and we’ll be better next time.”

The Blue Sox got their first two hits of the game in the fifth inning. Ryder Holien was able to swing his way to first. Dalton Anderson delivered a double, planting Holien on third. With two outs, a fly out by the next batter plagued the Blue Sox to remain hitless going into the sixth.

Collin Headrick was able to find his way home for the Blue Sox in the sixth, batted in by Keegan McLain. Jaxon Feller was batted in by Anderson in the seventh, supplying the Blue Sox with their second and final run of the game.

“Surrey’s always a close game for us and we’re always up for playing Surrey so I think we were just more focused today,” Savelkoul said.

Up next, the Surrey Blue Sox will be in Bottineau Wednesday. The Muskrats will take a short break and will be back on the field Friday in Bottineau.