Legion has two weeks of big wins

   by Rachael Paumen
The Maple Lake Legion team had two weeks of high-scoring games when they took on Buffalo, Rogers and Orono before heading into playoff action with a first-round game against Howard Lake.
Legion vs. Buffalo
July 5 had the Maple Lake Legion team back on the field for a matchup against Buffalo.
Brian Redemske started things off right out of the gate with a nice double as Maple Lake’s lead-off man. Luke Fobbe stayed patient and was walked. Mitch Wurm was able to reach on an error from the pitcher and Derek Rachel watched four go by before being walked to first and took off to steal second. Cam Knudsen also benefited from an error, this time from the short stop and Justin Bidwell followed, making it on with an error from the first baseman. Noah Kelm stepped up to the plate and connected for a nice double.
By now, Redemske, Fobbe, Wurm and Rachel had all been advanced home, scoring the first four of nine runs for Maple Lake in the inning. 
A fly-out to right from Hayden Bryant brought up Dedrek Berndtson who was walked, bringing up the top of the order. Redemske was hit by the pitch to reach and Fobbe sent a sacrifice fly to second base to bring in another run. Wurm singled to get on base for the second time that inning before a pop-out to second from Rachel ended the inning. 
The second inning was a quick three-up, three-down outing for Maple Lake and only Redemske managed to connect for a single in the third inning. 
Things got back on track, however, in the fourth inning starting with a triple from Wurm. Rachel chose to wear it and was hit by the pitch to advance to first. He again lost no time in stealing second in the following play. Bidwell waited and was walked to bring up Kelm. Kelm shot one to second but was thrown out at first, bringing in Rachel. Bryant continued the scoring by singling to bring Bidwell around and came in after a single from Berndtson and both Redemske and Fobbe were walked. Wurm went down swinging to end the inning.
Ending in the fourth inning, Maple Lake came out on top in this rain-shortened game with a score of 14-9.
AB R H RBI
B. Redemske 2 2 2 -
L. Fobbe 1 1 - 2
M. Wurm 4 2 2 1
D. Rachel 1 2 - 1
C. Knudsen 3 1 - -
J. Bidwell 2 2 - 1
N. Kelm 3 1 1 2
H. Bryant 3 1 1 1
D. Berndtson 2 1 1 -
Legion vs. Rogers
Playing against a young Rogers team on July 8, Maple Lake came out swinging and never looked back in a big 22-2 victory for ML.
Rogers’ pitcher couldn't find the strike zone for his first eight pitches of the game, walking Redemske and Fobbe. Wurm connected for his first of five hits for the evening just before Fobbe stole third. Rachel came through with a double to score Fobbe. Knudsen followed with another double to score Wurm and Rachel. Kelm singled to advance but, after Bryant was walked, two consecutive outs ended the inning.
Hot Maple Lake bats continued in the second, starting with a double from Redemske. Wurm followed things up in a big way with a two-run home run. Rachel and Knudsen singled to reach before Bryant and Jake Johnson were walked, scoring Rachel. Bidwell kept the Legion scoring charge going with a double to bring Knudsen and Bryant around. A throw from short to first ended the inning on a hit from Redemske.
Fobbe led things off in the third with a single before Wurm had a repeat performance, sending another one out of the park for his second two-run home run of the game. These were the only two runs Maple Lake was able to record for the inning as Rogers’ pitcher got to work, taking the next two batters himself before relying on his defense to nab the final out. 
Four pitches missed the zone and Bryant was walked to first in the fourth before Johnson, Bidwell, Redemske and Fobbe all connected for singles to reach. Wurm recorded his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game with a triple and Rachel brought him home with a nice single just short of the outfield. Rogers’ pitcher then retired the next three batters in the line-up.
The scoring only continued into the fifth and final inning with a lead-off single from Johnson. It got ugly from here as Bidwell was walked and Redemske was hit by a pitch. Fobbe was also walked before Wurm was able to connect for a single. Rachel was then hit by a pitch and Knudsen was sent to first after four pitches. Knudsen managed to hit one just out of reach to take first and Bryant did the same. Already up by 20, two quick outs ended the inning.
The 10-run rule now came into effect and the game was ended with a score of Maple Lake 22, Rogers 2. 
AB R H RBI
B. Redemske 4 3 4 1
L. Fobbe 3 4 4 3
M. Wurm 5 5 5 7
D. Rachel 4 3 4 3
C. Knudsen 4 2 2 3
N. Kelm 5 1 2 1
H. Bryant 2 2 1 -
J. Johnson 3 3 3 1
J. Bidwell 3 2 2 2
Legion vs. Orono
Coming off two big wins, Maple Lake continued down their schedule with a game against Orono on July 12.
Causing a scare for Maple Lake, Orono jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and looked to have control of the game. However, Bidwell found his rhythm on the mound and settled in as Maple Lake came back with the bats. 
After watching one go by, Redemske was hit by a pitch and took first. Fobbe waited before connecting for his first single of the game. Two high balls to center and a throw to first ended the inning for Maple Lake.
Bryant was walked to start the second inning and Knudsen made it to first the same way. Redemske stood his ground at the plate and was beaned again. Fobbe brought Bryant around with a nice pop to the outfield. Wurm found the gap for a triple, scoring Knudsen, Redemske and Fobbe. Rachel got one to drop, allowing Wurm to score for the last run of the inning.
An error from the shortstop allowed Bryant to take first before Orono's pitcher sent one too far inside, hitting Knudsen. Zaske connected for a sacrifice to center, bringing Bryant across the plate. Johnson waited for a strike but was walked to first and Redemske, after being hit by the pitch for his first two at-bats, connected for a double. Fobbe, too, was walked and an out in center from Wurm ended the inning.
Still struggling, Orono's pitcher walked Rachel and Kelm to start the fourth inning. Another shortstop error helped Bryant aboard before Zaske was walked to first. Coming home on a hit from Johnson, Kelm added to Maple Lake's lead. Hit by the pitch for the third time, Redemske was awarded first. Shots to center and right wrapped up the Maple Lake portion of the inning. 
Staying consistent, Orono's pitcher started the fifth inning by hitting Rachel. Kelm then connected for a double, putting Rachel in scoring position. A double for Knudsen brought Rachel in before Zaske was walked to score Kelm. Johnson went down swinging before Redemske sent one to the shortstop for the final out.
The sixth inning started with a strikeout from Fobbe. Wurm was up next and was walked. Rachel stepped up but was thrown out at first. Kelm was walked, bringing up Bryant who brought in two with a with a well-placed single. Knudsen also found a hole to bring Bryant in. Zaske was hit by the pitch before Johnson singled with a full count. Another double from Redemske brought in two, but he was left stranded to end the game.
This was another high-scoring win for Maple Lake, 23-10
AB R H RBI
B. Redemske 2 3 2 2
L. Fobbe 2 1 2 1
M. Wurm 1 2 1 3
D. Rachel 1 2 1 1
N. Kelm 1 3 1 -
H. Bryant 3 4 3 2
C. Knudsen 2 4 2 1
D. Zaske - 2 - 3
J. Johnson 2 1 2 2
The boys then hosted Howard Lake in the first round of District 10 playoffs on July 15. After 10 innings, Maple Lake came out on top with a score of 3-2. They then traveled to Howard Lake for a matchup against Breck. In another close game Maple Lake was declared the winner with a score of 7-6. For the final game of the tournament, Maple Lake again played Breck, this time winning 14-8.
The team will now travel to Paynesville on July 22 to take on the winner of the Deer River, Crosby game. 
The Maple Lake Legion team had two weeks of high-scoring games when they took on Buffalo, Rogers and Orono before heading into playoff action with a first-round game against Howard Lake.
Legion vs. Buffalo
July 5 had the Maple Lake Legion team back on the field for a matchup against Buffalo.
Brian Redemske started things off right out of the gate with a nice double as Maple Lake’s lead-off man. Luke Fobbe stayed patient and was walked. Mitch Wurm was able to reach on an error from the pitcher and Derek Rachel watched four go by before being walked to first and took off to steal second. Cam Knudsen also benefited from an error, this time from the short stop and Justin Bidwell followed, making it on with an error from the first baseman. Noah Kelm stepped up to the plate and connected for a nice double.
By now, Redemske, Fobbe, Wurm and Rachel had all been advanced home, scoring the first four of nine runs for Maple Lake in the inning. 
A fly-out to right from Hayden Bryant brought up Dedrek Berndtson who was walked, bringing up the top of the order. Redemske was hit by the pitch to reach and Fobbe sent a sacrifice fly to second base to bring in another run. Wurm singled to get on base for the second time that inning before a pop-out to second from Rachel ended the inning. 
The second inning was a quick three-up, three-down outing for Maple Lake and only Redemske managed to connect for a single in the third inning. 
Things got back on track, however, in the fourth inning starting with a triple from Wurm. Rachel chose to wear it and was hit by the pitch to advance to first. He again lost no time in stealing second in the following play. Bidwell waited and was walked to bring up Kelm. Kelm shot one to second but was thrown out at first, bringing in Rachel. Bryant continued the scoring by singling to bring Bidwell around and came in after a single from Berndtson and both Redemske and Fobbe were walked. Wurm went down swinging to end the inning.
Ending in the fourth inning, Maple Lake came out on top in this rain-shortened game with a score of 14-9.
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Legion vs. Rogers
Playing against a young Rogers team on July 8, Maple Lake came out swinging and never looked back in a big 22-2 victory for ML.
Rogers’ pitcher couldn't find the strike zone for his first eight pitches of the game, walking Redemske and Fobbe. Wurm connected for his first of five hits for the evening just before Fobbe stole third. Rachel came through with a double to score Fobbe. Knudsen followed with another double to score Wurm and Rachel. Kelm singled to advance but, after Bryant was walked, two consecutive outs ended the inning.
Hot Maple Lake bats continued in the second, starting with a double from Redemske. Wurm followed things up in a big way with a two-run home run. Rachel and Knudsen singled to reach before Bryant and Jake Johnson were walked, scoring Rachel. Bidwell kept the Legion scoring charge going with a double to bring Knudsen and Bryant around. A throw from short to first ended the inning on a hit from Redemske.
Fobbe led things off in the third with a single before Wurm had a repeat performance, sending another one out of the park for his second two-run home run of the game. These were the only two runs Maple Lake was able to record for the inning as Rogers’ pitcher got to work, taking the next two batters himself before relying on his defense to nab the final out. 
Four pitches missed the zone and Bryant was walked to first in the fourth before Johnson, Bidwell, Redemske and Fobbe all connected for singles to reach. Wurm recorded his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game with a triple and Rachel brought him home with a nice single just short of the outfield. Rogers’ pitcher then retired the next three batters in the line-up.
The scoring only continued into the fifth and final inning with a lead-off single from Johnson. It got ugly from here as Bidwell was walked and Redemske was hit by a pitch. Fobbe was also walked before Wurm was able to connect for a single. Rachel was then hit by a pitch and Knudsen was sent to first after four pitches. Knudsen managed to hit one just out of reach to take first and Bryant did the same. Already up by 20, two quick outs ended the inning.
The 10-run rule now came into effect and the game was ended with a score of Maple Lake 22, Rogers 2. 
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Legion vs. Orono
Coming off two big wins, Maple Lake continued down their schedule with a game against Orono on July 12.
Causing a scare for Maple Lake, Orono jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and looked to have control of the game. However, Bidwell found his rhythm on the mound and settled in as Maple Lake came back with the bats. 
After watching one go by, Redemske was hit by a pitch and took first. Fobbe waited before connecting for his first single of the game. Two high balls to center and a throw to first ended the inning for Maple Lake.
Bryant was walked to start the second inning and Knudsen made it to first the same way. Redemske stood his ground at the plate and was beaned again. Fobbe brought Bryant around with a nice pop to the outfield. Wurm found the gap for a triple, scoring Knudsen, Redemske and Fobbe. Rachel got one to drop, allowing Wurm to score for the last run of the inning.
An error from the shortstop allowed Bryant to take first before Orono's pitcher sent one too far inside, hitting Knudsen. Zaske connected for a sacrifice to center, bringing Bryant across the plate. Johnson waited for a strike but was walked to first and Redemske, after being hit by the pitch for his first two at-bats, connected for a double. Fobbe, too, was walked and an out in center from Wurm ended the inning.
Still struggling, Orono's pitcher walked Rachel and Kelm to start the fourth inning. Another shortstop error helped Bryant aboard before Zaske was walked to first. Coming home on a hit from Johnson, Kelm added to Maple Lake's lead. Hit by the pitch for the third time, Redemske was awarded first. Shots to center and right wrapped up the Maple Lake portion of the inning. 
Staying consistent, Orono's pitcher started the fifth inning by hitting Rachel. Kelm then connected for a double, putting Rachel in scoring position. A double for Knudsen brought Rachel in before Zaske was walked to score Kelm. Johnson went down swinging before Redemske sent one to the shortstop for the final out.
The sixth inning started with a strikeout from Fobbe. Wurm was up next and was walked. Rachel stepped up but was thrown out at first. Kelm was walked, bringing up Bryant who brought in two with a with a well-placed single. Knudsen also found a hole to bring Bryant in. Zaske was hit by the pitch before Johnson singled with a full count. Another double from Redemske brought in two, but he was left stranded to end the game.
This was another high-scoring win for Maple Lake, 23-10.
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
The boys then hosted Howard Lake in the first round of District 10 playoffs on July 15. After 10 innings, Maple Lake came out on top with a score of 3-2. They then traveled to Howard Lake for a matchup against Breck. In another close game Maple Lake was declared the winner with a score of 7-6. For the final game of the tournament, Maple Lake again played Breck, this time winning 14-8.
The team will now travel to Paynesville on July 22 to take on the winner of the Deer River, Crosby game. 
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