On Tuesday, May 1, the Irish baseball team hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in a conference game. It was a big battle all the way to the final out, but Maple Lake was able to slip away with the victory, 7-5. After falling behind early in the game 2-5, the Irish made a late push in the last two innings, scoring five runs and winning the game. The rally began in the fifth, starting when sophomore Zach Johnson reached on error. Up next was senior Brian Redemske who tripled, bringing Johnson all the way around to score. Following was junior Donnie Mavencamp, he also reached on an error which allowed Redemske to score from third base which concluded the scoring for the inning. Going into the sixth inning the score was 5-4, and the Irish had regained the momentum. The bottom of the inning started with senior Dedrek Berndtson getting hit with a pitch, followed with a single from junior Bosten Fieldseth.
On Monday, April 23, the Irish baseball team hosted the Rockford Rockets for a conference game. Maple Lake dominated the entire contest, winning 10-0 in five innings. Pitching for the Irish was sophomore Landon Caughey who threw a very good game, going all five innings. He allowed zero runs, three walks, two hits, and struck five out. In the third inning the Irish scored four runs, starting with senior Brian Redemske who found the gap for a double. Picking up an RBI was senior Jake Johnson who followed with a single which allowed Redemske to score. Up next was senior Derek Rachel who also singled. Next in line was freshman Cal Redemske who reached first base on a fielder’s choice which resulted in the out of Johnson. Coming up big with two down in the inning was junior Donnie Mavencamp who picked up two RBIs on a single that allowed Rachel and C. Redemske to score. Mavencamp later scored from a Rocket error after junior Bosten Fieldseth hit a ground ball in the infield.
Due to inclement weather, the Maple Lake Irish track team wasn’t able to go to the Paynesville meet on Tuesday, April 14, (will not be rescheduled). However, they did get to participate on the Thursday of that same week, in the Norwood-Young America meet. “The boys won by 100 points,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs. “They will be tough to beat. The girls also did well, winning by 30-40 points.”
With four games under their belt, the Irish headed to Rockford on Monday, April 23. According to Head Coach Tim Knudsen, Rockford is the toughest competition the Irish will face in the conference. Keeping this in mind, the Irish were up to bat first and hoped to start the game off with a few hits. Unfortunately, they were out in the field after a quick three outs. However, despite Rockford’s ability to get on base, Maple Lake was able to hold them the first inning by throwing out a runner at home. The second inning was quick with both teams struggling to hit. However, the bats got rolling in the third after Holly Goelz was able to get on base with a walk. Brooke Decker then hit a single followed by Shelby Rachel’s single, which scored both Goelz and Decker. Fired up from a round of hitting, the Irish kept Rockford from scoring. Unfortunately, in the fourth inning, Rockford tied the score. After that, both teams struggled at the plate during the last three innings.
Last week was definitely a week to remember for both the girls’ and boys’ golf teams. The weather was pristine the majority of the week, the golfers were ready for battle, and the coaches were prepared to offer advice. The teams each had a meet on Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26. The girls traveled to Becker on Monday, Howard Lake on Tuesday, and Kimball on Thursday. As for the boys, they also traveled to Becker on Monday, then to Pierz on Tuesday, and then followed the girls again to Kimball on Thursday. The girls golfed 18 holes at Becker on Monday, placing third overall as a team with 401 points. Emily Carey scored an 89, Maggie Carey got 96, Kirsten Kubian shot a 103, Kristina Paumen got 123, and Vienna Jude scored a 113. The girls each played very well. E. Carey medaled and Tabitha Latzig ended up withdrawing due to an injured rib. The boys also golfed at Becker on Monday. They took home 386 points, finishing in eighth place.
The Maple Lake Irish softball team continued their conference play on Tuesday, May 1, in Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. As the away team, the Irish were up to bat first and had little success with a quick 1, 2, 3 inning. However, they answered back to the Lakers through defense and were able to get three outs right away. The second inning was more eventful as the bats got rolling. Shelby Rachel started the Irish off with a base hit, followed by Courtney Couette who hit a single. Sami Knott was able to advance the runners through a sacrifice bunt. Holly Goelz was up next at the plate and hit a single which brought in two runs. Brooke Decker kept things going by hitting a single, also bringing in two runners, which put the score at 4-0. HL-W-W wasn’t as fortunate as the Irish threw out the first three batters. In the third, Maple Lake was down to their last out when Couette hit the ball over the center-fielder’s glove and over the fence, earning her the second home run of the season.
The Maple Lake High School track team performed a rare feat last week by sending both the boys’ and girls’ track teams to the True Team State Meet. On Tuesday, May 8, the tracksters got to sleep in because of late start at MLHS, and left school quite early to head to Sibley East for the highly-anticipated True Team meet. It was a great meet as the 2012 team made history by sending both the girls’ and boys’ teams to the True Team State Meet as the Class 1A, Section 4 champions. The meet will be held at Stillwater on Saturday, May 19, starting at 10 a.m. The boys’ team won by a whopping 121 points. The girls’ scores were a little closer, with Maple Lake winning by a mere one point. Only two participants from each team were allowed to be entered in an event. “After scouting the section, I was confident that our boys would make it. Of course, I knew they would still have to perform,” said Coach Ben Youngs. “There are many variables in a track meet.
On Monday, May 7, the Irish opened up the week by traveling to Kimball to battle the Cubs in a conference game, the first of four this week. The Irish dominated the entire game by putting up 18 runs to the Cubs’ 3, earning themselves another victory. Maple Lake will have the chance to make history if they win all four games this week by earning the conference championship. Maple Lake wasted no time in this game, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. The team batted through the entire order, with only two players not reaching the base paths. In the seventh inning the team put up another seven runs, sealing the victory completely. Major contributers of the game were senior Brian Redemske who hit the team’s first home run of the season, seniors Jake Johnson and Derek Rachel, junior Donnie Mavencamp, and freshman Cal Redemske also recorded three hits each. On the mound for the Irish was senior Zach Stokman who went the distance.
The Maple Lake Irish softball team started their week off by hosting Kimball in a conference match on Monday, May 7. To start the game, Kimball stepped up to the plate in the first inning. After getting on base by error, the Irish tightened their defense and got the next three outs. Switching to offense, Brooke Decker hit a single and eventually advanced to third base. Sydney Knudsen then put the ball in play to earn an RBI, giving the Irish a 1-0 lead. The second inning started with Kimball drawing two walks followed by a base hit with two RBIs. After the third out, Maple Lake was behind 1-2. Courtney Couette was up to bat first and reached the bases through an error. Sami Knott kept things going with a base hit and Emalee Bryant laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Then Holly Goelz hit a hard ball which brought in Couette for a run, tying the score 2-2.
It was a beautiful sunny day at Irish Stadium on Mother’s Day, and the spectators were treated to a Lakers’ come-from-behind 6-5 win over St. Louis Park. Maple Lake mustered only 5 hits but home runs powered the team to a four-run sixth inning and a two more eighth. In the next week the team hosts 7:30 p.m. league games with Albertville on Wednesday, June 16, and Mound on Friday, June 18. On Sunday, May 20, the Lakers travel to Maple Plain for a 2 p.m. game. As Lakers’ manager Chad Raiche noted after the game, it was a slow start for the hitters. In the first five innings the team had only two base runners, on Riley Decker’s walk and Raiche’s one base hit. Park’s starting pitcher Jared Carlson struck out five in that stretch. Trailing 2-0 going into the sixth, the Lakers got going in a big way. Rob Hannon was hit by a pitch, reaching third, when Graham Brown got on by an infield error.