The Maple Lake baseball team won three and lost two in a run of five games that started on Monday, April 30 with a double-header against Kimball.
The Irish are now 8-2 overall. The Irish shut out the cubs 12- 0 that first game with Nate Hogan on the mound, then cruised to a 14-1 win in game two thanks in part to a Hogan drive that knocked in four Irish runners.
Hogan allowed the Cubs just one hit in that initial contest. Cole Trager jump-started the Irish offense by scoring two runs.
Maple Lake tallied two more runs in the second, five in the third and three in the fourth. Mitch Hoistad, Ben Goelz and Grant Mergen all drove in runs in the Irish’s big, third inning.
Hogan scored runners on singles in the second, third and fifth innings in the Irish’s next meeting with the Cubs. Kimball took advantage of a wild pitch by Ben Goelz in the first inning to score their one run of the evening. Maple Lake responded with five runs of their own in the second. The Maple Lake team added two more runs in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth innings for the win.
Hoistad was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out one and walking one.
Irish pitchers Ben Reilley and Mergen teamed up to shut-out Pierz 6-0 Tuesday, May 1. Mergen earned the win by throwing four and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out 13. Reilley threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
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