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Legion baseball team rolls to 8-0
On Thursday, July 2, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Buffalo for their first away game of the season. The host Buffalo plays double-headers that consist of two six-inning games. Buffalo's record was 5-1 and proved to be a tough opponent. Game one saw Maple Lake fall behind early but rally back in the late innings to keep their undefeated season alive. Good pitching highlighted the second game where Maple Lake held the advantage for most of the game and never let it go to improve their record to 7-0 under first-year coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.
Maple Lake led off the game up to bat and the first two batters went down on strikes. Riley Decker laid down a bunt to start a two-out rally. He then stole second and was hit in by Mitch Wurm who singled to the opposite field. With Maple Lake up by one run, Buffalo answered back with three unearned runs of their own off of starting pitcher Mitch Wurm. Wurm then found a groove on the mound and kept them virtually off of the bases until the fifth inning.
With only two more innings to play and trailing 3-1, Maple Lake scored five runs in the top of the fifth with RBIs coming off the bats of Brian Redemske, Luke Fobbe, and Riley Decker. Maple Lake also capitalized on a couple Buffalo errors to score a few runs and extend the inning.
With the score 6-3, Buffalo put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, scoring three runs off a couple hits and Maple Lake errors.
Luke Fobbe led off the top of the sixth with a double to the left-field fence. He was advanced to third base by a Riley Decker ground-out. Then Nick Hudek broke up the tie with a single up the middle to plate Fobbe.
Cam Knudsen came in to shut the door in the bottom of the sixth and did exactly that by retiring the first three batters he saw to secure the victory for Maple Lake.
Game two saw Maple Lake as the away team as well and they were held scoreless in the top half of the first. Riley Decker started on the mound for Maple Lake and allowed one first-inning run off of two Buffalo hits.
Maple Lake answered in the third by scoring two runs of their own. Luke Fobbe led off the inning with a single and was driven in by Riley Decker's single down the first baseline. Decker then stole second and scored to take the lead when Nick Hudek drove him in with a single.
Buffalo tied up the game when they scored a run off of Maple Lake errors in the bottom of the third. But Maple Lake took the lead for good when Jordan Kelm scored on an Aaron Rassat triple. Rassat was then driven in by Fobbe's fourth hit of the game to extend the lead to 4-2.
That would be all the scoring for the rest of the game by either side as Decker was in lockdown mode for the next three innings, only allowing one hit. Decker went the distance to improve Maple Lake's record to 7-0.
See the player stats from this game and read about Maple Lake vs. Rogers in this week's issue of the Messenger.