The revival of the Ryley Rebels came to an end last night, as the Rebels were handed a 11-4 loss by the Leduc Milleteers to sweep them out of the playoffs and on to the golf course.
For the second night in a row the Rebels came out strong by getting out to an early lead. In game one the Rebels had 2 runs by the end of the 2nd inning, only to have Leduc score 3 in the 7th to win the game. In game 2, the Rebels pounced on Milleteer starter Scott Peterson by sending 8 batters up in the top of the 1st inning, and bringing 3 of them home. With the score 3-1 going in the home half of the 3rd inning, Leduc opened the offensive flood gates on emergency starter Darcy Grandberg by scoring 8 runs against a Rebel team that looked deflated and unable to hold runners. Curt Stensrud came in for relief but it was too little too late. With two outs, and the score 4-3 Leduc, with the bases loaded, Leduc lead off man Greg Jackson hit a single to center field which took a hop over the Rebels center fielder's glove and to the fence it rolled. All three runs came in to score, and Jackson found himself standing at third.
The Rebels offense was stymied by Peterson and the ever expanding strike zone as Peterson shut down the Rebels by only allowing 4 runs on 5 hits while scattering 6 strikeouts through 6 innings of work before giving way to CL Ryan Walker in the 7th.
There was however a nice moment for the Rebels in the game, as Kevin "Cito" Reinholt played in his first game since his horrific bicycle accident back at the Sod Buster Rodeo in Tofield. Reinholt was able to work a walk and a run scored in his only at bat of the game, and played two solid defensive innings, one a third base and the second in right field.
With the win, the Leduc Milleteers find themselves waiting for the winner of the Camrose Roadrunner vs. Bardo Athletics series. Bardo currently holds a 1-0 lead in the series with a chance to pull off the huge upset sweep on Thursday night in Bardo.