Graham Brown beats the tag sliding back to second base in the Lakers’ 7-2 win over the Loretto Lark, their second in three days, which secured the No. 1 seed for the State Tournament.
The Maple Lake Lakers secured the No. 1 seed from Region 12C over the weekend with two wins over the Loretto Larks.
The No. 1 seed grants the Lakers a first-round bye and the first pick in the 12C pitchers draft, which occurred Sunday after the championship game. Maple Lake chose Ben Hendrickson from the Maple Plain Diamond Devils and Tyler Zweibohmer and Kyle Kaczmarek from the Dassel-Cokato Saints.
The other seeds for Region 12C were also determined as Loretto took the No. 2 seed, Howard Lake took the No. 3 seed, and Delano took the No. 4 seed over the course of the weekend. Those seeds will start the tournament next weekend in Jordan and Belle Plaine while the Lakers must wait until the following weekend for their first game.
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Front Row: Brock Goelz, Peyton Paumen, Logan Weninger, Jeffrey Henrikson, and Ben Clapp. 2nd Row: Connor Giebenhain, Aiden Staloch, Ben Reilley, Brandon Schmitz, Collin Giebenhain. Back Row: Coaches: Dave Clapp, Tim Staloch, Jeff Paumen, and Jim Weninger.
On July 19, the Maple Lake 10U team took first place in the silver division of the Crow River Girls Fast Pitch Softball Tournament in Hutchinson.
They beat Litchfield Black 9-0, Monticello Chard 15-1 and Buffalo Lake-Hector 8-0.
The team is made up of (front) Paige Paumen, Abby Paumen, Kayla Paumen, Julianne Hageman, Kali Uecker, Kenyon Kingsbury, (middle) Erika LaTour, Jordyn Demarais, Audrey Beffel, Sami Hayes, Gwen Geyen, Josie Niemiec, (back) head coach Adam Geyen, assistant coach Debbie Uecker and assistant coach Rick Kingsbury.
Pictured in front are Jordan Mortenson, Justin Fobbe, Noah Zander, Joseph Stokman and Myles Brown. Pictured in back are coach Brandon Goelz, Ben Goelz, Trenton Miller, Zach Cargill, Josh Pettit, Mitchell Hoistad, Matthew Gendreau and coach Wayne Hoistad.
The Maple Lake 13U AA team brought home the consolation championship from the 24 Team 13U AA Minnesota Sports Federation State Tournament hosted in Marshall from July 25-27.
The Irish drew a very tough Robbinsdale Armstrong team for their first game in pool play. They were able to beat the eventual third-place Raptors 6-2.
Maple Lake's second game of pool play had them matched up against the Prairie River Cyclones. The Irish took an early lead, but were outdone by the Cyclones 13-5.
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