Brute's Bleat September 7, 2016

Apparently a gremlin got into the Messenger composing room last Monday and changed my youthful fishing buddy’s name, Mike Miller, to read Mike Muller. It was no biggie, but I doubt if Mike Muller could have caught as many sunfish and Mike Miller did. In another fishing outing with Miller, George Palmer and myself last, Tuesday on Maple Lake, Palmer had the hot hand. He outfished both Miller and myself. We caught most of the 20+ sunfish keepers and two crappies on the rock pile using pieces of leeches supplies by Palmer. Steve Loch made an effort last week to retrieve my anchor on the same bar, but commented visibility at 17-18 feet was not good. Even with a flashlight he was unable see more than a couple of feet and find it or the crappie rod and reel I lost in the same vicinity this summer. What baffles me is how can the sunfish find the bait in the total darkness. Apparently they have an extremely keen sense of smell and that might be why it seems like they just bump the bait at times, rather than bite!
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Steve Polsfuss, a MLHS grad, who has competed in body building tournaments over the years was in Philadelphia recently where he won first place in the 50 Year-Old Masters at the North American Body Building competition. He is the son of Jennie and Bob Polsfuss of Maple Lake. Bob said he asked Steve if he was going to participate again, but Steve didn’t think so. “But he said that last time, too” commented Bob. Anyway congratulations on this year’s win and for an outstanding career in body building program.
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About two inches of rain fell on Maple Lake Sunday and Monday nights with more promised for the next few days. Figuratively the rain fell on the Maple Lake Lakers Sunday morning when they were eliminated from the state tournament by Lastrup 3-1. The Lakers spotted Lastrup two runs in the first inning and their pitcher, Brad Meyer, went the distance. ML fans hoped Riley Decker’s homerun in the fourth inning would bring some life into the Laker bats, but that didn’t happen. Meyer held the Lakers to four hits while D/C draftees Eric Hanson and Tyler Zweibomer shared the mound giving up 10 hits. . . . Jeremy Schmidt pitched a 3-0 shut-out for the Lakers in Saturday nightcap with Waconia. He had eight strikeouts and allowed six hits while his team-mates had seven and scored one run in the fourth, another in the fifth and one in the ninth.They also backed him up with another good defensive game. For the tourney record books, Schmidt had three wins, no losses. He allowed one run (earned) on 10 hits for an outstanding tournament. The tall right-hander is getting married in Colorado within about two weeks. First baseman Chad Raiche had the hot bat for the Lakers in their four games (.500) going nine for eighteen at-bats with two doubles and a homerun. He scored one run and had six rbis and was a tower of strength at first. Right fielder Todd Fuller batted .333, five for fifteen, with three r.b.i.s. He had three doubles and was walked once. He guarded the right-field pasture well throughout the tournament as did Dusty Decker in left and Riley Decker in centerfield. The Lakers infield played a great defensive tournament and Matt Bergstrom caught all four games. His knowledge of the opposing batters hitting traits had to be a huge asset to the pitchers. Another Laker, who was prominent in the games is manager Bob Fobbe who I think showed a lot of maturity over the summer. All in all it was an outstanding tournament for the Lakers who won three games before being eliminated in the quarter-finals. There was great fan support for the team who seemed to be peaking at the right time. And if there was one Laker who could have made the difference it was Mitch Wurm, who has been nursing an injured shoulder all year, and wasn’t available to pitch. Had he been healthy the outcome might have been different, and we hope he’ll be back on the mound in 2017. We appreciated the hours of entertainment the Lakers have provided during the season and in the tournament and congratulate each of them for their efforts. It was a great time at the old ball-park, except for the mosquitoes . . . On Labor Day the Raymond Rockets defeated a strong Sobieski team 5-3 for the 2016 Class C Championship. The Rockets exploded for four runs in the fifth to go ahead 5-1. Sobieski put three runs on the board in the sixth to pull within one, 4-5, but couldn’t muster anymore. Alex Lothammer got the win and Milroy draftee Austin Deutz the save. Veteran Tyler Jendro threw for Sobieski.

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