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Wed
17
May

Baseball wins three more


Brock Goelz heads to third base during a Wednesday, May 10, game against Rockford at Irish Stadium. Maple Lake defeated the Rockets 5-4. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish baseball team gained three more wins last week to boost its record to 16-2 for the season.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Irish hosted Rockford and snuck by with a narrow 5-4 win. On Thursday, May 11, Maple Lake defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 3-0 and 7-4 in a double-header.
The Irish were tied 4-4 with the Rockets in the bottom of the seventh inning and up to bat when an error opened the way to the game-winning run.
Rockford claimed the lead early in the game, scoring in the top of the first inning, and held onto it until the Irish tied it up with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth.

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Wed
10
May

Irish hold onto perfection


Ellie Haney takes a swing at a Kimball pitch, on Tuesday, May 2, at home. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School softball team is 14-0 after four more wins.
The Irish kicked off its latest winning spree on Tuesday, May 2, when it hosted Kimball. Maple Lake defeated the non-central Minnesota Conference team 9-0. On Thursday, May 4, the Irish traveled to Pierz for a doubleheader with the CMC foe and came out on top 9-3 and 5-0. On Monday, May 8, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and won 12-5 in another conference show-down.

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Wed
10
May

Baseball wins four of five


Mitch Hoistad pitches against Pierz last week. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Only two losses mar the Maple Lake baseball team’s otherwise perfect record after five more games. The loss came at the hands of Pierz, Thursday, May 4, in the first game of an exciting doubleheader at Maple Lake.
The Irish got off to a strong start with a 6-2 win over Kimball on Tuesday, May 2, on the road before falling 5-3 to Pierz. Maple Lake claimed the second game against the Central Minnesota Conference foe with a 4-3 win over the Pioneers.

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Wed
10
May

Track gears up for true team


Maple Lake junior Jason Webb leaps to a first-place finish in the long jump, Thursday, May 4, at St. John’s University. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The boys and girls track teams finished first at St. John’s Prep, Thursday, May 4.
The Irish girls scored 273 points to runner-up Watertown-Mayer’s 160. The boys edged the Royals for first, 224.5 points to 200.5.
On the girls’ side, Brynn Paumen just missed the school record in the 100 hurdles. She won the race with a time of 16.11.

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Wed
10
May

Stokman leads boys to third at Kimball

The Maple Lake boys golf team shot well at two meets last week.
On Thursday, May 4, the Irish traveled to Kimball for a nine-hole Central Minnesota Conference event at Kimball.
On Monday, May 8, the golfers traveled to Annandale's Southbrook Golf Course for a 14-team regional showdown.
Joseph Stokman led Maple Lake to a third-place team finish at Kimball with a 46. Devon Lyons shot a 47; Jackson Gallagher finished with 49 strokes; Ben Weese shot a 51; and Sam Zappa produced a 52.
Kimball and Pierz finished ahead of the Irish in first and second.
Stokman led the Irish again at Southbrook with a 96 on the 18-hole course. Zappa and Lyons finished with a 97; Gallagher shot a 102; and Weese posted a 128.
The Irish's team total of 392 was good enough for 12th place.

Wed
10
May

Webb leads golfers at Kimball Golf Course

Maple Lake senior Katie Webb led the Maple Lake golfers at a seven-team Central Minnesota Conference meet in Kimball, Thursday, May 4.
Webb shot a 57 on the nine-hole course.
Irish sophomore Andrea Peterson shot a 62 for the day and senior Ashlee Martie shot a 63.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa led with a 176 cumulative team score. Pierz shot a 206 and Osakis shot a 208. Because Maple Lake has so few athletes, it does not qualify for a team score.
The Irish compete again on Thursday, May 11, at Pierz at 4:15 p.m. On Monday, May 15, the girls travel to Koronis Golf Course in Paynesville for a 9 a.m. meet.

Wed
10
May

Shooters enter third week of competition

Emma Spike and Sam Schaunaman are the top shooters for the Maple Lake trap team after two week's of competition.
The Irish is now ranked sixth in Class 3A Conference 1.
Spike sports an overall season average of 15 and Schaunaman has a season average of 20.50.
Spike and Serina Benson both earned Top 25 average by conference for female shooters.
The top six scorers were: Matt Neumann, 22/20, 42; Jack Peterson and Schaunaman tied with 22/18, 40; Ian Larson, 21/18, 39; and Austin Pingel and Coby Vogt-Wurm tied with 20/18, 38.
Irish trap shooters started week three on Monday, May 8.

Wed
10
May

Lakers kick off season with a win

The Maple Lake Lakers started the season with a dramatic, 5-4, come-from-behind win over Cokato to start the North Star League season. Mother Nature provided near-perfect conditions for the opener Sunday, May 7, at Irish stadium. Mitch Wurm started on the mound and kept the Kernels off the scoreboard for the first four of his five innings. That was enough time for McRay Haney to draw a lead-off walk in the third, followed by a sacrifice bunt from acting player-manager Riley Decker and an RBI single by Luke Fobbe to take the lead. The Kernels got on the board with one in the fifth, only to have the Lakers pull ahead in the bottom half of the inning with another walk-sac bunt-single combo from Haney,

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Wed
03
May

Irish route Eagles, Huskers


The player narrowly missing the ball in this picture was mistakenly identified in last week’s paper as Dawson McAlpine. It is actually Alex Marquette. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School baseball team is 9-1 after three wins on the road last week.
Ben Reilley threw a shutout, Tuesday, April 25, to claim a 9-0 win over Eden Valley-Watkins. Then on Friday, April 28, Maple Lake defeated Holdingford 7-2 and 9-3 in a double-header.
The Irish jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a stolen base, Tuesday. Maple Lake scored another in the third and two more in the fourth. The Irish’s big inning was the fifth when they pushed four runners across the plate.

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Wed
03
May

Maki throws shut-outs

The Maple Lake softball team jumped to an early lead and didn’t look back in a 10-0 win against Eden Valley-Watkins last week.
The Irish defeated the Eagles on Tuesday, April 25, at home in the rain. Three days later, on Friday, April 28, Maple Lake traveled to Watertown where the Irish defeated the Watertown-Mayer Royals 8-0.

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