Lakers leading the league but face a tough week of games

by Don Gadow Correspondent With wins over Rockford and Loretto, the Lakers retain their hold on first place in the North Star League but will be tested Wednesday, July 10, in a 7:30 p.m. road game against the second-place Howard Lake Orphans. With league losses only to the DC Saints and Cokato Kings, the Lakers’ record stands at 15-2, 18-3 overall. Howard Lake is close behind at 13-3 for second place. For the remainder of the week, the Lakers host Albertville on Friday, July 12, in a 7:30 p.m. nonleague match up. On Saturday, the Lakers travel to Maple Plain to take on the Diamond Devils at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the Lakers host a double header against Delano at 2 and 6 p.m., with one of those games making up for a previous rainout. All Star Game On July 3, Irish Stadium played host to the North Star All Star Game, with three Lakers participating on the West team. Jeremy Schmidt was the starting pitcher and threw two scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Graham Brown had two hits and three stolen bases. Mitch Wurm added an RBI double. The West won 7-6 on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Danielson, of DC, was the winning pitcher. After the game Jason Mix of Howard Lake was honored as Most Valuable Player with a beautiful crystal trophy in honor of radio announcer and North Star League booster Lyn Sheplee, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2012. Lakers 11, Loretto 2 In a pre-game ceremony, former Delano and Loretto star Tom Traen was inaugurated into the North Star League Hall of Fame as the Lions electronic message board flashed 99 degrees at Arnold Klaers field in Loretto. When the game opened up, Laker hitting was just as hot. It was a hitting clinic that shows what happens when batters aggressively put the ball in play. Showing arm trouble, Adam McGrane gave up two first-inning runs on four hits. Graham Brown led off with a hard smash off the pitcher’s glove that went out and the shortstop could not make the play in time to retire the speedster. Tim Queck’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Chad Raiche’s double over the left fielder’s head to the fence drove in Graham. Dusty Decker hit a smash that went under the third baseman’s glove for another hit. Matt Bergstrom hit one through the shortstop hole to send Chad home. In the second, Luke Fobbe walked and eventually scored an unearned run on a Loretto error.
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