Irish baseball team tied for conference lead


On Monday, May 5, Maple Lake squared off against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers in a double-header at Irish Stadium. Coming into the game both teams were tied at the top of the Central Minnesota Conference and, when the day was done, it stayed that way, with both teams winning a game apiece.  
In game one, the Irish were able to put up three runs in the third inning. In the fourth, the Lakers were able to get on the board with a run after hitting a couple doubles, but the Irish answered back with three more in the bottom of the inning. 
The scored stayed 6-1 heading into the top half of the last inning, when the Lakers were finally able to do damage against Tony Goelz. With one out, the Lakers were able to rattle off seven runs and took an 8-6 lead, on a mix of hits, a walk and a couple errors. The Irish couldn’t score in the bottom half of the inning and went down in defeat.  
“It was a hard way to lose,” coach Brad Baumann said. “We were cruising along and then things just came crashing down. I think we got a little too relaxed in the last inning. When things started to go bad, we were caught on our heels and couldn’t recover. We played a great game other than the last inning and it’s too bad it cost us a win.”  
Goelz took the loss for the Irish going 5 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs (3 earned) on seven hits and three strikeouts.
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