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Legion team plays in tough tourney
The Maple Lake Legion baseball squad had a busy week as they competed in four games, including a tournament that fielded numerous big school teams.
The week started out with Maple Lake traveling to D-C where they would fall in both games of the double-header. Then on Friday they headed to Osseo High School to take on Apple Valley in the Bob Letourneau Classic, only to find out the game would be cancelled due to the rain. So, on Saturday they headed to Champlin High School where they would end up short against Cenntenial and Bloomington.
Maple Lake vs. D-C
Maple Lake stepped to the plate to start the night, and they started off strong and scored two runs. Riley Decker swung his bat for a double, and Nick Hudek followed suit with a hit of his own that scored Decker. Rob Hannon kept them going as he got a hit to score Hudek.
The squad held a 2-0 lead, but it didn't last for long as D-C came back in the bottom half of the inning to score two runs of their own. Then in the bottom of the second they scored four more runs to extend their lead to 6-2.
Maple Lake got one of the runs back in the top of the third as Aaron Rassat scored on a double off the bat of Ryan Kotila.
D-C extended their lead again in the bottom of the fourth as they scored two runs on three hits to put the score at 8-3.
Offensively, Maple Lake failed to connect for a hit in the fith and sixth innings and D-C took the 9-3 first game victory.
Luke Fobbe took the mound for Maple Lake in the second game, and unfortunately, Maple Lake gave up three runs to start the game.
However, in the bottom of the second Maple Lake managed to get two runs back to make it just a one-run game. Kotila led off the inning as he connected for a double, and then Pete Nordlie stepped to the plate and drove him in with a single. Nordlie later scored on a single off the bat of Noah Kelm.
Then in the top of the fourth, D-C struck again and pulled away to make it 6-2. Maple Lake also made a pitching change in the inning as Cameron Knudsen came in to relieve Fobbe after back-to-back singles started the inning.
Down by a score of 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, Maple Lake got back-to-back singles from Decker and Knudsen, but two straight strikeouts silenced the rally.
D-C scored three more runs in the top of the sixth, and Maple Lake had their last chance in the bottom half of the inning, but unfortunately, they fell short with a score of 9-2.
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