By Matt Brown:
The Maple Lake Lakers kept their lead in the North Star League this week, improving to 9-0 and staying three full games ahead of now second-place 7-4 Delano. Six teams follow with five wins and anywhere from three to five losses, so the league is wide open in terms of positioning at about halfway through the 20-game regular season. Maple Lake’s success in the league has translated to a rank of seventh place overall in Class C, as voted on by contributors to the Minnesota Baseball Association.
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Maple Lake hosted D-C last Wednesday and it started out like most meetings between these two rivals: a pitcher’s duel. The scoreboard finally lit up for Maple Lake in the fourth with a two-run inning; the Saints got one back in the fifth to keep it close. The Lakers went off in the fifth, scoring five runs. They followed up that effort with six in the sixth. Maple Lake was denied an attempt at seven in the seventh as they were up by ten or more and the game was called. Mitch Wurm pitched the first five, giving up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three to improve to 4-0 on the season. Riley Decker counted for two runs, three hits, and two RBI’s with a stolen base, while Brian Redemske and Donnie Mavencamp each chipped in three runs and two hits.
Maple Lake did not play Sunday afternoon and will make up the game on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. On June 20 the Lakers host Litchfield at 7:30 p.m. and then they head to the Green Isle Tournament for the weekend with the first game against Starbuck at 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 22.