Baseball team clinches conference title

By Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor

The Irish baseball team bettered its record to 18-2 after five more wins last week to kick off section play on a high note.

The Irish played their last regular season game on Monday, May 21, when they beat Minnehaha Academy 8-3, the final win in a string of victories that started on Monday, May 14.

Maple Lake met Providence at Irish Stadium on Monday, May 14, but were rained out in the top of the third inning with Providence up 2-1. The game resumed on Wednesday, May 16. The Irish took over the lead in the bottom of the fourth and didn’t give it up, scoring five runs on a Ben Goelz single, Cole Trager home run and a Grant Mergen double.

Both teams put up one more run in the sixth inning and Providence added another in the seventh, but the Irish kept the upper hand for a 7-4 victory.

Mergen was credited with the win. He allowed six hits and three runs over five innings and struck out two.

The Irish traveled to Paynesville for a double header Thursday, May 17, for it’s last Central Minnesota Conference game of the season. Maple Lake’s 5-0 and 7-2 win over the Bulldogs secured its third consecutive CMC title with a 13-1 record.

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