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Saintly duo ends Lakers' season

The Maple Lake Lakers' prayers were not heard by the Saints this week, ending their playoff run after just two games. Maple Lake fell 10-9 to Dassel-Cokato Saints and 7-3 to St. Michael Saints in the first two rounds of the Section 8B playoff tournament in Hutchinson.

Lakers vs. Dassel-Cokato

On Wednesday, August 5, the Lakers traveled to Hutchinson to play the first round of playoffs against Dassel-Cokato.

D-C was seeded number 4, just ahead of the Lakers. Maple Lake could not hold onto the lead and gave up a close game to the Saints.

The game opened with the Lakers at the plate. Graham Brown and Tim Queck each scored off a double by Bert Marsnik.

Tyler Decker added a run in the second with help from a single by Queck, giving Maple Lake an early 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, D-C scored one run. The Saints added one more in the third.


Legion team is District 6 runner-up

The Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Paynesville on Thursday, July 23, for the first round of the District 6 Legion playoffs. This year's double elimination tournament had eight teams: Maple Lake, Paynesville, Bertha-Hewitt, Royalton, Cross Lake, Kimball, Aitkin, and Sebeka.

Maple Lake took on tournament host Paynesville in the first round. Their bats came up big early and built a big enough lead for Maple Lake to win the game easily.

Maple Lake won the coin flip to determine the home team and elected to take the field. Cam Knudsen started the game pitching and struggled with his control early. He got help from his shortstop, Brian Redemske, who turned a 6-3 double play to get him out of a jam.


Lakers give fans their money's worth

After a week of rest, the Maple Lake Lakers baseball team gave fans an impressive show, going 3-1 for the week.

The Lakers hosted Elk River on Wednesday, July 8, followed by Kingston on Friday and Lamberton on Saturday. The Lakers then traveled to St. Michael on Sunday, July 12.

Nearly every Laker smashed a hit and together they scored 37 runs in four games.

"We had a good week," said Lakers Manager Dale Decker. "We had good pitching and good hitting this week."

See who got the hits in this week's Lakers games by picking up the July 15 issue of the Messenger.


Legion team bounces back after loss

On Thursday, July 9, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Mound for another chance to keep their perfect season going. That is exactly what they did as they jumped out to an early lead and kept adding to it as the game went on.

After a scoreless top of the first for Maple Lake, Mitch Wurm took the mound and shut down Mound, allowing one hit in the inning. Nick Hudek reached on an error with one out in the second. He was later driven in by Brian Redemske's two-out, ground-rule double, making the score 1-0.

After a scoreless bottom of the second by Wurm, Maple Lake added another run when Pete Nordlie scored on Luke Fobbe's first hit of the game. Wurm continued to challenge hitters by throwing strikes and once again kept Mound off the board in the third. Redemske hit his second double of the game and extended the lead to 3-0 by driving in Hudek who singled to lead off the inning.


Legion baseball team rolls to 8-0

On Thursday, July 2, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Buffalo for their first away game of the season. The host Buffalo plays double-headers that consist of two six-inning games. Buffalo's record was 5-1 and proved to be a tough opponent. Game one saw Maple Lake fall behind early but rally back in the late innings to keep their undefeated season alive. Good pitching highlighted the second game where Maple Lake held the advantage for most of the game and never let it go to improve their record to 7-0 under first-year coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.


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.


Legion baseball stays undefeated

After a week where they went 3-0, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team hosted Breck on Thursday, June 25. Maple Lake got out to a double-digit lead early in the game. Errors and mental mistakes allowed Breck back into the game, but the home team scored enough runs in the late innings to improve their record to 4-0 under coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.

In the top of the first, Breck's first three hitters were retired by starting pitcher Mitch Wurm, who struck out two. Maple Lake answered with one run in the bottom of the first when Aaron Rassat scored on a Luke Fobbe RBI single to rightfield. Wurm then struck out the side in the second to bring his total to five strikeouts through two innings. Maple Lake extended the lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second with RBIs from Jordan Kelm, Riley Decker, and Rassat.



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