By Matt Brown Correspondent
The Maple Lake Lakers had a strong week, winning both of their league games to take over first place in the North Star League.
Maple Lake 8
The Lakers finished their season series with Cokato early this year with a nice win on the road. Maple Lake started the game aggressively, with stolen bases from Riley Decker, Donnie Mavencamp, and Brian Redemske in the first inning alone. It was Redemske that opened up the scoring, however, with a two-run single to get the early lead. Not to be out-done, Decker drove in two runs in the second with a sweet double only to be driven in by a double from Luke Fobbe. Redemske lead off the third inning with a home run to bring the lead to six.
The Kernals responded in the third by getting two runs but starter Nick Preisinger stopped the rally. Redemske came through again in the fifth with an RBI double. He would finish the night 4-4 with four RBI’s. Things got a little tense in the seventh when Cokato got the bases loaded but were only able to get one. Riley Decker finished with three hits, two runs, and two RBI’s while Derek Rachel got the save for 2.1 innings of work.
Maple Lake 0
The score says it all: this was not a good game for the Lakers.
Maple Lake 4
Maple Lake bounced back in a big way with their trip to the defending league champs. The Lakers threatened in the first and third before almost batting around in the fourth to put up three runs. Hutchinson responded with one of their own in the bottom of the inning but that was all starter Mitch Wurm was going to allow them.
The game turned into a pitcher’s duel for the rest of the contest, only broken up by an RBI walk from Nate Maas in the eighth. Wurm turned in a classic performance going all nine, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Donnie Mavencamp had two hits and an RBI.
The Lakers host Monticello on the 23rd at 7:30 before taking the Memorial Day weekend off.