Home runs score wins for Lakers

On Monday, Bert Marsnik, Graham Brown and Ben Jungers were selected to represent the Maple Lake Lakers in the North Star League All-Star game.

“They’ve had a good season to this point,” said Lakers’ manager Dale Decker. “These guys have been playing well and will represent the Lakers well.”

Decker said Chad Raiche and Nate Johnson also were offered an invitation to play on the All-Star team but declined to use the week off to rest.

“Chad Raiche is by far the best player for the Lakers this year,” Decker said.

He said Raiche decided not to interrupt the week of rest with games on back-to-back nights.

The all-star game will be held on Thursday, July 2, in Dassel.

The Lakers lost a close battle to Dassel-Cokato on Sunday, June 28.

Maple Lake held the lead until the ninth inning when D-C tied the game and added an extra run. The Lakers faced tough pitching and the game ended 11-10 in favor of D-C.

“We played real well the last three games,” Decker said. “We scored double-digit runs in each of three games, and to do that is tough with wood bats. You’ve got to be swinging hard.”

Earlier this week, the Lakers claimed two solid wins over Albertville and Delano.

Lakers vs. Albertville

The Lakers hosted Albertville on Wednesday, June 24, and after giving up one run in the first, moved to a comfortable10-1 win.

Ben Jungers was on the hill for the Lakers, facing a total of 29 batters in the game. He struck out seven and allowed only four hits.

Albertville managed to put together one run off a pair of singles, but that was all the Lakers would allow.

In the first, Graham Brown scored a run for the Lakers. The second inning went three-up, three-down for each team. Then in the third, the Lakers took the lead, scoring three runs.

Marcus Zahn got on base and was hit in by Brown. Brown completed his run with the help of Chad Raiche, and Raiche followed suit off a hit by Tyler Decker. The Lakers closed out the inning 4-1.

A pair of singles by Raiche and Bert Marsnik in the fifth started another string of runs for the Lakers. Tyler Decker earned his second RBI of the game, on the way to three total. Darin Decker hit a single and earned an RBI to bring in Marsnik. Cody Decker got on base by balls then Zahn hit a double to score two more runners for the Lakers. At the end of five, the Lakers were up 8-1.

A run for each Brown and Marsnik in the sixth tallied 10 for the Lakers.

Read more about the Lakers’ home run hitting week in this week’s Messenger.