Cancellations cut load for Lakers

Cancellations cut the Lakers' three-game week down to just one as Maple Lake hosted the Minneapolis Angels on July 23. Injuries forced the Lakers to call off a game against a strong Shakopee team on July 20 before Rochester was unable to put a team together for the July 25 game. 
“We had a busy stretch for awhile and had some sore legs and arms, so it didn’t hurt to have a few days off,” Manager Dale Decker said.
Lakers vs. Minneapolis
After almost a week to recover, Maple Lake faced Minneapolis on July 23, Fan Appreciation Night.
Base hits allowed Minneapolis to bring a man around and jump to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. 
Nate Johnson tried to answer back in the bottom of the inning with a hit to second but was thrown out. Riley Decker took one for the team to reach base before Bert Marsnik and Chad Raiche were walked. Tyler Decker then connected for a single to bring Riley and Marsnik home. Sam Marsnik came through with a double to score Raiche and Decker before an out ended the inning.
The Angels were forced to go three-up, three-down in the second before the Lakers got to work extending their lead. Jeremy Schmidt started things off with a base hit and was advanced by Trent Zachmann. Johnson then connected for a single to score Schmidt and made it to third, but was left stranded with the score now 5-1.
Both teams were only allowed one man on base in the third, Dusty took first after being hit by a pitch, and things continued much the same way into the fourth. 
The Lakers then earned their sixth and final run in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler recorded a base hit and was soon advanced when Sam was walked. A double from Schmidt brought Tyler home and pushed Sam to third but the Angels’ pitcher earned the last out himself, striking out Zachmann.
It wasn’t until the top of the eighth inning when Minneapolis threatened to demolish Maple Lake’s lead.
Back-to-back walks put a runner in scoring position right away for the Angels before a line drive to the third baseman advanced both runners. A base hit and sacrifices allowed three runners to make it home, bringing the score to 6-4. 
Maple Lake was unable to answer back to Minneapolis’ three runs, but shut out the Angels in the top of the ninth to end the game on top with a final score of 6-4.
Four Laker pitchers took the mound during this non-league match-up. Jeremy Schmidt started things off with five complete innings before Bert Marsnik, Casey Pack and Sam Marsnik each took their turn against the Angel line-up. 
“We were supposed to play Rochester on Sunday but they weren’t able to get a team together so we gave everyone a few innings of work, throwing and hitting, before Tuesday,” Decker said.
The Lakers finished their Central Division season in second place with a 5-3 record, just behind St. Michael at 6-2. Before heading into the final regular season game and their last Region 8B game on July 27 against Winsted, the Lakers sat in third place with a record of 7-4. They trailed Winsted in first at 8-3 and second place St. Michael at 8-4.
Following a win against Winsted, the Lakers would be placed in a three-way tie for first with Winsted and St. Michael but Decker anticipated that they would be awarded the three seed and play at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1. A loss would leave the Lakers in third and they would then still play on Sunday.
“I feel really good going into the playoffs,” Decker said. “We have won four or so in a row now and I hope this will continue on in the next couple of weeks.”
Region 8B playoffs will be played in Maple Lake and starts on Saturday, July 31. 
  AB R H RBI 
N. Johnson 4 - 3
R. Decker 3 1 1
B. Marsnik 4 1 1
C. Raiche 3 1 1
T. Decker 5 2 2
S. Marsnik 3 - 1
D. Decker 3 - - -  
J. Schmidt 4 1 3
T. Zachmann 3 - -
A. Rassat 1 - -
L. Fobbe 1 - -
M. Wurm 1 - 1
 
Cancellations cut the Lakers' three-game week down to just one as Maple Lake hosted the Minneapolis Angels on July 23. Injuries forced the Lakers to call off a game against a strong Shakopee team on July 20 before Rochester was unable to put a team together for the July 25 game. 
“We had a busy stretch for awhile and had some sore legs and arms, so it didn’t hurt to have a few days off,” Manager Dale Decker said.
Lakers vs. Minneapolis
After almost a week to recover, Maple Lake faced Minneapolis on July 23, Fan Appreciation Night.
Base hits allowed Minneapolis to bring a man around and jump to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. 
Nate Johnson tried to answer back in the bottom of the inning with a hit to second but was thrown out. Riley Decker took one for the team to reach base before Bert Marsnik and Chad Raiche were walked. Tyler Decker then connected for a single to bring Riley and Marsnik home. Sam Marsnik came through with a double to score Raiche and Decker before an out ended the inning.
The Angels were forced to go three-up, three-down in the second before the Lakers got to work extending their lead. Jeremy Schmidt started things off with a base hit and was advanced by Trent Zachmann. Johnson then connected for a single to score Schmidt and made it to third, but was left stranded with the score now 5-1.
Both teams were only allowed one man on base in the third, Dusty took first after being hit by a pitch, and things continued much the same way into the fourth. 
The Lakers then earned their sixth and final run in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler recorded a base hit and was soon advanced when Sam was walked. A double from Schmidt brought Tyler home and pushed Sam to third but the Angels’ pitcher earned the last out himself, striking out Zachmann.
It wasn’t until the top of the eighth inning when Minneapolis threatened to demolish Maple Lake’s lead.
Back-to-back walks put a runner in scoring position right away for the Angels before a line drive to the third baseman advanced both runners. A base hit and sacrifices allowed three runners to make it home, bringing the score to 6-4. 
Maple Lake was unable to answer back to Minneapolis’ three runs, but shut out the Angels in the top of the ninth to end the game on top with a final score of 6-4.
Four Laker pitchers took the mound during this non-league match-up. Jeremy Schmidt started things off with five complete innings before Bert Marsnik, Casey Pack and Sam Marsnik each took their turn against the Angel line-up. 
“We were supposed to play Rochester on Sunday but they weren’t able to get a team together so we gave everyone a few innings of work, throwing and hitting, before Tuesday,” Decker said.
The Lakers finished their Central Division season in second place with a 5-3 record, just behind St. Michael at 6-2. Before heading into the final regular season game and their last Region 8B game on July 27 against Winsted, the Lakers sat in third place with a record of 7-4. They trailed Winsted in first at 8-3 and second place St. Michael at 8-4.
Following a win against Winsted, the Lakers would be placed in a three-way tie for first with Winsted and St. Michael but Decker anticipated that they would be awarded the three seed and play at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1. A loss would leave the Lakers in third and they would then still play on Sunday.
“I feel really good going into the playoffs,” Decker said. “We have won four or so in a row now and I hope this will continue on in the next couple of weeks.”
Region 8B playoffs will be played in Maple Lake and starts on Saturday, July 31. 
Stats appear in this week's Messenger.
 
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