Lakers sweep three opponents, begin heavy schedule

The Lakers put together 19 hits along with four bases on balls, a hit batter, and two Mound errors to win its second straight over the Mallards at Irish Stadium on Fathers’ Day. The brutal game lasted three hours. In the tradition of big Laker innings, 10 batters came to the plate in the fifth inning and scored six runs on five hits, a walk, and a Mallards’ error. In the eighth, the Lakers scored seven more runs on seven hits, a walk, and hit batter to give the Lakers a 17-4 lead, and it looked as though the game would end on the 10-run rule. However, the Mallards were the home team for the day and came back with five runs to narrow the gap 17-9 in their half of the eighth. Included in the eighth scoring was a two-run homer by shortstop Ed Kutz, his second of the day. He blasted one in the fourth for two runs. Ben Jungers started on the mound for the Lakers and lasted until the seventh to take the win and improve his record to 2-1. After two straight walks and no outs, Jungers was relieved by Casey Pack. One run scored on a Laker error before Pack got the side out. In the eighth the roof fell in on Pack, who was the victim of the Mallards’ five hit rally. Jungers gave up four runs, one unearned, on five hits, while walking six with three strikeouts. Chad Raiche led the Laker attack with three hits and four RBIs. His double down the left-field line was the big blow of the Lakers’ fifth inning. Center-fielder Tim Queck was 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Designated hitter Cody Decker, Brian Russell, playing in left field, and third baseman Mitch Wurm each drove in two runs.
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