By Matt Brown:
The Lakers saw their seven- game winning streak come to an end Saturday night, but kept their ten-game winning streak alive in the North Star League to tighten their grip on first place. The NSL is still very close, with seven teams jockeying for position be- hind Maple Lake to avoid the play-in game. This coming week features three of those teams and should be a great time for Laker fans.
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The Lakers hosted the Blues Wednesday, June 20 and both pitchers made quick work of their opposition the first time through. The meat of Litchfield’s order took advantage of a rare Maple Lake mistake and got two runs in the fourth for the early lead. Hunter Malachek singled and was bunted over by Graham Brown to set up an RBI for Luke Fobbe in the fifth to get the Lakers on the board. Brian Redemske followed Fobbe with a two-run home run to take the lead. The Blues came back with two in the seventh to wrestle the lead back, but Maple Lake responded with four in the bottom of the frame thanks in part to singles from Fobbe, Redemske, and Derek Rachel. Each team added to their totals in the eighth but Litchfield could not catch the home team. Luke Fobbe and Matt Bergstrom each had three hits while Bergstrom added three RBI’s to lead a strong offensive showing.
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Maple Lake started off the Green Isle Tournament Friday, June 22 with a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a single from Riley Decker, a bunt from Luke Fobbe, and an RBI single from Donnie Mavencamp. Fobbe lead off the third and was brought in on a fielder’s choice from Mitch Wurm. McRae Haney singled and scored in the fourth and sixth thanks to sacrifice flies from Brian Redemske and Luke Fobbe, re- spectively. Starbuck had decent opportunities to score in the sec- ond and sixth innings but starter Hunter Malachek kept them off the board, giving up six hits and one walk while collecting five strikeouts for a seven-inning shutout.
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