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|Northeast has its home opener spoiled by Beckman|
By Ross Eberhart
Making its long-awaited debut Tuesday afternoon, the new Northeast softball diamond is assured to witness plenty of Rebel victories.
It will just have to wait a little longer to see the first.
Visiting Dyersville Beckman played spoiler in Northeast's first home game of the season, scoring the contest's final four runs to trip up the Rebels 5-4.
It was the Blazers who scored the first run on the new field, as a single, a walk and a passed ball gave Beckman a quick 1-0 advantage in the top of the first.
The Rebels, though, answered back in the bottom of the inning.
Rylee Dickey led things off with a single and Aleenah Marcucci joined her by reaching safely on a bunt.
Both runners moved into scoring position when Kelsey Carder's fly ball was misplayed (Carder was called out on the infield fly rule) and soon the bases were loaded on an Addie Oberman walk.
Courtney Stoll was up next and the junior hit a grounder up the middle that the Blazer pitcher was unable to corral. Dickey scored on the play and the game was tied.
Northeast struck again in the second to pull in front.
All of the action came with two outs. Dickey and Marcucci both singled, while Carder doubled with a long fly that hit the wall in dead center.
Dickey and Marcucci scored on the play and Northeast was in front by two.
The Rebels added to their lead in the fourth. Dickey reached on an error to open the inning and was sacrificed to second by Marcucci.
Beckman got a second out, but Oberman drove an 0-2 pitch into the gap in right-center for a double. That brought in Dickey and made it 4-1.
The Blazers, though, began their rally just an inning later. Two-straight singles and a sacrifice fly drove in one run before two more singles tied things up at four.
It was Beckman that ended up breaking the deadlock in the seventh behind an error and one final single.
The Rebels got a walk in the seventh by Oberman, but were unable to come up with the equalizer in a one-run setback.
Northeast had eight hits in the game with Dickey and Marcucci coming up with two apiece. The former scored three of the Rebels' runs (the latter had the other), while Carder drove in two.
The Rebels returned to the road a day later to finish a doubleheader with Monticello.
Northeast got off to a good start in the game with two runs in the top of the first, but that proved to be the last of the Rebels' scoring and the Panthers were able to come away with a 5-2 win (that made it a sweep for Monticello, who took the first game, 13-5).
Marcucci started Northeast's big first with a single and Carder reached on a fielder's choice where everyone was safe.
A wild pitch moved both players into scoring position and Stoll did the rest, singling to center to make it 2-0.
Monticello, though, got a run back in the first and then pulled in front in the fifth before tacking on two insurance runs in the sixth.
The Rebels, meanwhile, had a base runner in five of the next six innings, but were unable to add to their first-inning haul.
Marcucci finished with a team-high two hits, while Dickey, Carder and Stoll each had one.
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