By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor
The Lakers locked up at least a fourth place finish in the North Star League last week thanks to a pair of league wins and results from other games. Part of Maple Lake’s recipe for success in the NSL this season has been their hitting, with four of the top eleven batters by average and six with an average above .300 in league play. While the batters are mashing away the pitching staff has also been outstanding. Nick Preisinger is rated as the top pitcher for the Lakers in league play (only one per team is listed) but he is joined by Mitch Wurm and Hunter Malachek as a tough trio, each boasting an ERA under 1.50 with 24-25 innings pitched in league play. They are going to need all of their arms and more as they have a busy week against some tough league opponents. Montrose 0 Maple Lake 12 Maple Lake hosted Montrose on Monday, July 2, but got to bat first as they were the scheduled visiting team. The meat of the Laker order started the game with a two-out rally when Brian Redemske doubled and was driven in by a single from Donnie Mavencamp to take the early lead. Maple Lake threatened in the second and third but put up three more runs in the fourth thanks to a leadoff double from Hunter Malachek, an RBI single from Greg Giebenhain, and an RBI double from Redemske. Derek Rachel took his turn to get some RBI’s in the sixth, collecting two with a double. Straight singles from Nate Maas, McRae Haney, and Luke Fobbe started a five-run seventh, bringing the Laker score to twelve. Starter Malachek worked his way through five innings, giving up four hits and a walk while collecting six strikeouts while shutting down one or two scoring opportunities before passing the torch to Grant Mergen who kept the goose egg intact to end the game in seven. Maple Lake 18 Dassel-Cokato 7
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