Baseball team seeking success


The Maple Lake Irish baseball team started their season March 17 but dealt with indoor practices for an extended time once again. 
The team heads into the season with high expectations. They lost three senior starters, but return  seniors Landon Caughey, Nick Gapinski, Sullivan Graham and Justin Wilson and letter winners Tony Goelz, McRae Haney, Cal Redemske, Dusty Strub and Jack Seibert.  
They’ll put their focus on pitching and defense and bring their best effort each and every day.  
“When we played with energy and enthusiasm last year in the playoffs, we put together a nice little run and knocked off the No. 1 seed in our sub-section and were one out from beating Litchfield,” head coach Brad Baumann said. 
“If we can bring that same type effort we had in the playoffs, everyday this year, I think we can be very successful.”
Baumann thinks the Irish can be in the mix of the conference race.
“If we play well, we’ll give ourselves a chance to be at the top,” Baumann said. “It will be very tough. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted is the defending co-champ from last year and should be very good. Holdingford, Kimball, Rockford and B-B-E also return a majority of their line-ups from a year ago and, while Pierz lost a majority of their starting lineup, they have some really good, young talent. The conference race looks to be a dogfight and should be fun to watch. Hopefully, we can be in the mix of things when it’s all said and done.”
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