Irish ballplayers win four more for 13-2 record

By Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor

The Irish baseball team is 13-2 after four Central Minnesota Con- ference wins last week.

Maple Lake kicked off the week with a doubleheader at home with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Tuesday, May 8.

Ben Reilley and Cole Trager combined on the mound to throw the 9-0 shutout. In three innings, Reilley allowed just one hit and zero runs while striking out eight and walking one. Trager struck out Lakers’ Elijah Larson to end the game.

Grant Mergen sparked two runs in the first inning with a single. The Irish finished off the inning with one more run to give them a 3-0 lead. Trager and Ben Clapp drove in three more runs in the second in- ning. The Irish added another run in the fourth and two in the fifth with help from a Reilley homerun.

Trager and Ben Goelz lead with two hits each.

The Irish were down 5-4 against the Lakers in the second game, Tuesday until a fifth-inning come-back saved the day. The rally started when Mitch Hoistad singled on a line drive to left field to knock in a runner. Alex Toedter was forced to hit a fielder’s choice and one run scored to break the 5-5 tie. Maple Lake went on to put up three more runs that inning, plus three in the sixth for the 12-5 win.

Hoistad won on the mound sur- rendering no runs on two hits over four innings and striking out two. Ben Goelz started the game for the Irish. He gave up five runs on one hit over two innings and struck out two.

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