Paynesville eliminates Irish baseball team from playoffs


On Tuesday, May 20, the Maple Lake Irish baseball team hosted the Annandale Cardinals at Irish Stadium and took an 8-4 loss.  
The game started off well for the Irish after taking a 2-1 lead after the first inning, when McRae Haney and Nick Preisinger drove in a run each. The Irish added to their lead in the fourth, when they scored two more runs on another Haney RBI and an RBI by Cal Redemske.  
Annandale answered back with a run in the top of the fifth, making the score 4-2 in favor of the Irish heading into the final two innings, and that’s when things came undone for the home team.  
In the sixth, the Cardinals were able to score six runs on a combination of walks and hits, which gave them an 8-4 lead they would not relinquish.  
Tony Goelz started the game for the Irish going five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. Dusty Strub took the loss for the Irish, going two innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on three hits with one strikeout.  
“This was a tough loss for us,” head coach Brad Baumann said. “I thought we played well for the first five innings, but we did leave a bunch of guys on base again when we were hitting, which has kind of been an issue all year for us. If we could’ve scored a couple more times here and there, the outcome would have probably been different.” 
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