Beautiful night, beautiful win

More than 1,000 fans filled Irish Stadium for a beautiful night and Laker win on Saturday.

With a convincing 9-2 win over the Watkins Clippers before a large crowd at Irish Stadium on Friday, the Maple Lake Lakers advanced to the final weekend of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The Lakers will take on the Luverne Redbirds this Saturday at Irish Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m. In a second game that evening, Sartell takes on Sobiesksi. The crowd was already building at Irish Stadium as the first game began—Jordan vs. Bertha—at 5 p.m., and the noise and excitement continued to build as the stands were filling up. Before the tournament, the chairs had estimated seating for 900, but paid attendance grew to 1,003. The grandstand was packed, all the bleachers were filled, and many fans were standing down both baselines all the way to the bullpens. The crowd noise drowned out the PA system at times. Now the Laker tournament committee is bracing for another big night on Saturday with Sobieski expected to bring a large contingent. To repeat their 2012 success as state Class C champions, the Lakers will have to beat Luverne and then win games on Sunday and Labor Day. More information appears in this week's Messenger. If you'd like to read articles online, subscribe to our new e-edition!

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