Lakers back on track with three wins

Coming off a rough, but well -played, four-game week the Lakers were able to get back on track with three wins against St. Michael, Richtown and Delano.
Lakers vs. St. Michael
In their first game of the week, the Lakers played host to the St. Michael Saints on July 14.
After allowing only one man on base in the top of the inning, Maple Lake got to work putting runs up on the board. With two strikes on him, Riley Decker singled for a base hit before Bert Marsnik wasted no time, taking the first pitch for a single. A double from Nate Johnson brought Riley in before another double from Cody Decker scored both Bert and Riley. Sam Marsnik was walked and a fly-out to left ended the inning.
The Saints managed to bring one around in the second but Maple Lake was unable to answer back despite loading the bases. Riley turned things around after being walked and an error from the short-stop allowed Bert to take first. Chad Raiche loaded the bases after being walked but a hit from Johnson to the shortstop ended the inning.
Three runs were given up in the third as Maple Lake went scoreless in the inning. Aaron Rassat watched one go by before connecting for a single but was left on with Luke Fobbe’s fly to first.
The fourth inning is when things really got going for the Lakers. Brown and the top of the order waited as the pitcher couldn’t deliver. Brown, Riley and Bert were all walked to load the bases. Raiche  came through with a well-placed base hit to bring Brown and Riley around. Johnson was walked and Cody brought two more in with a single. Johnson made it home on a balk from the pitcher and Sam Marsnik was walked soon after. He was left on after three consecutive outs. 
St. Michael got to work in the fifth, benefiting from a wild pitch and a sacrifice to bring two Saints in, cutting Maple Lake’s lead to five with a score of 9-4. The Lakers put men on but struggled to bring them around. Riley made it on through an error from the shortstop but was caught stealing. Bert went down looking before Raiche connected to reach first. Johnson shot one back at the pitcher but was thrown out at first for the third out.
In the sixth, Sam made it on from the second baseman’s error. Aaron Rassat connected for a base hit but both runners were left on when fly’s to short and third rounded out the inning. 
The Saints brought in two more in the seventh before shutting out the Lakers in the bottom of the inning.
Neither team scored in the final two innings as Maple Lake managed to hang onto their lead for a final score of 9-8.
AB R H RBI
G. Brown 4 1 - -
R. Decker 3 2 1 -
B. Marsnik 4 2 1 -
C. Raiche 4 1 2 2
N. Johnson 4 2 1 1
C. Decker 4 1 2 4
S. Marsnik 3 - 1 -
J. Schmidt 1 - - -
L. Fobbe 5 - - -
A. Rassat 4 - 2 -
Lakers vs. Richtown
Coming off a win, the Lakers took the field again on July 16 for a match-up against the Richtown Bombers.
Riley started by putting himself in scoring position with a double. Bert was hit by the pitch but was the inning’s second out in the next play at two on a fielder’s choice. Cody made it on with a hit before Tyler Decker singled to bring Riley around. An out in center ended the inning with the score tied at one apiece. 
Dusty Decker got the five-run second inning going right out of the gate with a double. Trent Zachmann connected to reach before Rassat was hit by the pitch. Johnson found the gap with a single, scoring Dusty and Zachmann. A passed ball allowed Rassat to score before Bert was walked. Cody then cleaned up the bases with a two-run home run. A grab from the third baseman ended the inning with the Lakers up 6-1.
The Bombers put two men in scoring position in the third but Maple Lake made sure they were left stranded. Unfortunately, the Lakers also left Zachmann on after he was walked and stole second, resulting in a scoreless outting for both teams.
A double put Richtown in scoring position in the top of the fourth and a single from the top of the order put another on base. Stolen bases, a wild pitch and a sacrifice allowed both runners to score before the Lakers regained control.
Answering back, Johnson waited for his pitch but was walked. Johnson was advanced by a hit from Riley and scored on a double from Bert. A passed ball advanced Bert and a single from Cody brought him home. Tyler doubled to put Cody on third and a base hit from Sam brought Cody home. Dusty connected for an RBI fly-out in center to score Tyler. No other runs were allowed this inning.
With the score now 10-3, Maple Lake took the field for the fifth inning. The Bombers’ clean-up man was walked and then advanced on a single from the next batter. A passed ball allowed him to make it to third but three quick outs ended any chances of Richtown scoring.
Rassat connected for a base hit in the bottom of the inning and was moved to second on a single from Johnson. Riley singled to bring Rassat in before a wild pitch advanced both Riley and Johnson. Bert recorded an RBI when he batted Johnson in and Cody followed with a single. Tyler also hit a single to bring in Riley. Sam sent one to the third baseman and was out before Zachmann went down swinging to end the inning.
Both teams went three-up, three-down in the sixth and only one Bomber batter was allowed on in the seventh. After seven innings, the game was completed as Maple Lake had 10-runned Richtown 13-3.
AB R H RBI
N. Johnson 4 2 2 2
R. Decker 4 2 2 1
B. Marsnik 2 2 1 2
C. Decker 4 2 3 3
T. Decker 4 1 3 2
S. Marsnik 4 - 1 1
D. Decker 2 1 1 1
T. Zachmann 3 1 1 -
A. Rassat 3 2 1 -
Lakers vs. Delano
Laker Fishing Day brought the Delano A’s to Irish Stadium on July 18.    
After forcing Delano to go three-up, three-down in the top of the first, the Lakers did the same with flys to left and center before Bert was thrown out at first by the second baseman. 
Delano’s first batter was walked to start the second but was thrown out at second on a hit from the following batter who was safe at first. A two-run home run then cleared the bases for the A’s, putting them up by two. Raiche started things off for Maple Lake but two outs immediately after looked to leave him stranded. Dusty was walked to extend the inning but was then thrown out at second on a hit from Sam.
Now behind by three, Maple Lake tried to get the bats going in the third. Riley was walked and advanced by a hit from Bert but an out from Raiche left them stranded.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Lakers were really able to get anything going offensively, with a little help from Delano’s pitcher. Cody started things off and was walked. Tyler went down looking but was followed by a single from Dusty. Sam was walked to load the bases and, with a full count, Zachmann was also walked to bring in Cody. Johnson at the top of the order was walked to bring Dusty in and Riley connected with an RBI single. Bert followed with his own RBI single to score Zachmann. The Lakers were now up 4-3.
After shutting out the A’s in the top of the fifth, the Lakers got back to recording runs. Tyler connected for a base hit and was advanced on a single from Dusty. Sam was walked and, with a full count again, Zachmann was walked to score Tyler. Johnson connected for a hit but was thrown out. Riley went down looking to bring up Bert who singled to bring in Sam and Zachmann. With the score now 7-3, Raiche popped one up to end the inning.
Delano went through five batters in the sixth, scoring one and stranding two before shutting out the Lakers.
Both teams went one, two, three in the seventh inning before Maple Lake was able to bring in four more in the bottom of the eighth. 
Riley got things started with a single and stole second on the following play. Bert watched three go by before selecting his pitch and going the yard for a two-run home run. Raiche followed with a single before Rassat came in to pinch run. An error allowed Cody to reach and a double from Tyler brought Rassat in. Dusty was hit by the pitch but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice on the following hit from Sam. Cody was batted in on Sam’s hit. Jeremy Schmidt was thrown out at first for the second out of the inning before Johnson was walked. An out from Riley ended the inning with a score of 11-4.
In the top of the ninth, the A’s lead-off man was left stranded on third to end the game after three quick outs. Maple Lake recorded another win with a final score of 11-4.
AB R H RBI
N. Johnson 4 - - 1
R. Decker 5 1 2 1
B. Marsnik 5 1 4 5
C. Raiche 5 - 2 -
C. Decker 4 2 - -
T. Decker 5 1 2 1
D. Decker 3 1 2 -
S. Marsnik 3 2 1 1
T. Zachmann 2 2 - 2
L. Fobbe - - - -
J. Schmidt 1 - - -
A. Rassat - 1 - -
Coming off a rough, but well -played, four-game week the Lakers were able to get back on track with three wins against St. Michael, Richtown and Delano.
Lakers vs. St. Michael
In their first game of the week, the Lakers played host to the St. Michael Saints on July 14.
After allowing only one man on base in the top of the inning, Maple Lake got to work putting runs up on the board. With two strikes on him, Riley Decker singled for a base hit before Bert Marsnik wasted no time, taking the first pitch for a single. A double from Nate Johnson brought Riley in before another double from Cody Decker scored both Bert and Riley. Sam Marsnik was walked and a fly-out to left ended the inning.
The Saints managed to bring one around in the second but Maple Lake was unable to answer back despite loading the bases. Riley turned things around after being walked and an error from the short-stop allowed Bert to take first. Chad Raiche loaded the bases after being walked but a hit from Johnson to the shortstop ended the inning.
Three runs were given up in the third as Maple Lake went scoreless in the inning. Aaron Rassat watched one go by before connecting for a single but was left on with Luke Fobbe’s fly to first.
The fourth inning is when things really got going for the Lakers. Brown and the top of the order waited as the pitcher couldn’t deliver. Brown, Riley and Bert were all walked to load the bases. Raiche  came through with a well-placed base hit to bring Brown and Riley around. Johnson was walked and Cody brought two more in with a single. Johnson made it home on a balk from the pitcher and Sam Marsnik was walked soon after. He was left on after three consecutive outs. 
St. Michael got to work in the fifth, benefiting from a wild pitch and a sacrifice to bring two Saints in, cutting Maple Lake’s lead to five with a score of 9-4. The Lakers put men on but struggled to bring them around. Riley made it on through an error from the shortstop but was caught stealing. Bert went down looking before Raiche connected to reach first. Johnson shot one back at the pitcher but was thrown out at first for the third out.
In the sixth, Sam made it on from the second baseman’s error. Aaron Rassat connected for a base hit but both runners were left on when fly’s to short and third rounded out the inning. 
The Saints brought in two more in the seventh before shutting out the Lakers in the bottom of the inning.
Neither team scored in the final two innings as Maple Lake managed to hang onto their lead for a final score of 9-8.
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Lakers vs. Richtown
Coming off a win, the Lakers took the field again on July 16 for a match-up against the Richtown Bombers.
Riley started by putting himself in scoring position with a double. Bert was hit by the pitch but was the inning’s second out in the next play at two on a fielder’s choice. Cody made it on with a hit before Tyler Decker singled to bring Riley around. An out in center ended the inning with the score tied at one apiece. 
Dusty Decker got the five-run second inning going right out of the gate with a double. Trent Zachmann connected to reach before Rassat was hit by the pitch. Johnson found the gap with a single, scoring Dusty and Zachmann. A passed ball allowed Rassat to score before Bert was walked. Cody then cleaned up the bases with a two-run home run. A grab from the third baseman ended the inning with the Lakers up 6-1.
The Bombers put two men in scoring position in the third but Maple Lake made sure they were left stranded. Unfortunately, the Lakers also left Zachmann on after he was walked and stole second, resulting in a scoreless outting for both teams.
A double put Richtown in scoring position in the top of the fourth and a single from the top of the order put another on base. Stolen bases, a wild pitch and a sacrifice allowed both runners to score before the Lakers regained control.
Answering back, Johnson waited for his pitch but was walked. Johnson was advanced by a hit from Riley and scored on a double from Bert. A passed ball advanced Bert and a single from Cody brought him home. Tyler doubled to put Cody on third and a base hit from Sam brought Cody home. Dusty connected for an RBI fly-out in center to score Tyler. No other runs were allowed this inning.
With the score now 10-3, Maple Lake took the field for the fifth inning. The Bombers’ clean-up man was walked and then advanced on a single from the next batter. A passed ball allowed him to make it to third but three quick outs ended any chances of Richtown scoring.
Rassat connected for a base hit in the bottom of the inning and was moved to second on a single from Johnson. Riley singled to bring Rassat in before a wild pitch advanced both Riley and Johnson. Bert recorded an RBI when he batted Johnson in and Cody followed with a single. Tyler also hit a single to bring in Riley. Sam sent one to the third baseman and was out before Zachmann went down swinging to end the inning.
Both teams went three-up, three-down in the sixth and only one Bomber batter was allowed on in the seventh. After seven innings, the game was completed as Maple Lake had 10-runned Richtown 13-3.
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Lakers vs. Delano
Laker Fishing Day brought the Delano A’s to Irish Stadium on July 18.    
After forcing Delano to go three-up, three-down in the top of the first, the Lakers did the same with flys to left and center before Bert was thrown out at first by the second baseman. 
Delano’s first batter was walked to start the second but was thrown out at second on a hit from the following batter who was safe at first. A two-run home run then cleared the bases for the A’s, putting them up by two. Raiche started things off for Maple Lake but two outs immediately after looked to leave him stranded. Dusty was walked to extend the inning but was then thrown out at second on a hit from Sam.
Now behind by three, Maple Lake tried to get the bats going in the third. Riley was walked and advanced by a hit from Bert but an out from Raiche left them stranded.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Lakers were really able to get anything going offensively, with a little help from Delano’s pitcher. Cody started things off and was walked. Tyler went down looking but was followed by a single from Dusty. Sam was walked to load the bases and, with a full count, Zachmann was also walked to bring in Cody. Johnson at the top of the order was walked to bring Dusty in and Riley connected with an RBI single. Bert followed with his own RBI single to score Zachmann. The Lakers were now up 4-3.
After shutting out the A’s in the top of the fifth, the Lakers got back to recording runs. Tyler connected for a base hit and was advanced on a single from Dusty. Sam was walked and, with a full count again, Zachmann was walked to score Tyler. Johnson connected for a hit but was thrown out. Riley went down looking to bring up Bert who singled to bring in Sam and Zachmann. With the score now 7-3, Raiche popped one up to end the inning.
Delano went through five batters in the sixth, scoring one and stranding two before shutting out the Lakers.
Both teams went one, two, three in the seventh inning before Maple Lake was able to bring in four more in the bottom of the eighth. 
Riley got things started with a single and stole second on the following play. Bert watched three go by before selecting his pitch and going the yard for a two-run home run. Raiche followed with a single before Rassat came in to pinch run. An error allowed Cody to reach and a double from Tyler brought Rassat in. Dusty was hit by the pitch but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice on the following hit from Sam. Cody was batted in on Sam’s hit. Jeremy Schmidt was thrown out at first for the second out of the inning before Johnson was walked. An out from Riley ended the inning with a score of 11-4.
In the top of the ninth, the A’s lead-off man was left stranded on third to end the game after three quick outs. Maple Lake recorded another win with a final score of 11-4.
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