The 2011 Irish softball team, along with parents and coaches, all gathered on Thursday, August 4, to celebrate a successful season.
Head Coach Tim Knudsen opened the banquet by thanking many people that contributed to the season such as his wife, Mary, athletic director, Dave Schroeder, bus driver, Marilyn Blizil, and scoreboard keeper, Linsey Rachel.
As the heat goes on, so do the Lakers. With one loss and one win on Saturday, July 30, against the Dassel-Cokato Saints in the divisional round of playoffs, the team continues to advance and are now in the regional tournament.
Lakers vs. D-C, game 1
Going undefeated in tournament play leading up to Saturday’s games, the Lakers were in need of only one win over D-C to advance to the next round.
With the regular season completed, the Lakers begin West Division playoffs with a best of three series against the Cokato Kings, with games Monday, July 18, Tuesday, July 19, and a third game if necessary on Wednesday, July 20. The games will all be played at 7:30 p.m. at Irish Stadium since Cokato does not have good lights.
The sweltering heat didn’t keep the Maple Lake Legion baseball team from playing during the past week. The team faced off against Dassel-Cokato on Monday, July 12, for the last regular season game. When playoffs began, Maple Lake was paired against Howard Lake on Thursday, July 14. Friday’s rain made a swamp of Irish Stadium forcing the next game to be moved to Monday where once again they played Howard Lake, and the 2011 Legion baseball season came to a close.
The Maple Lake Lakers lost a squeaker to Howard Lake on Sunday. Trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth, things were looking up for the Lakers when Tyler Decker opened the inning with a base hit and Riley Decker reached first on a sacrifice bunt that was bobbled by reliever Shane Kahn. Mitch Wurm hit a ground ball to shortstop to force Riley, and two more easy outs ended Laker hopes.
Scheduled to be played at Howard Lake on Friday, July 1, the North Star League All Star Game was one more blow against baseball by the summer of rains. Cancelled due to stormy weather, the game will not be made up.
Dusty Decker, Mike Kloeppner, and Jeremy Schmidt were named to represent the Lakers on the West squad.
For the first time ever, the Cross Country team traveled to Holdingford on Thursday, September 8 to compete. The Irish did exceptionally well considering this has only been their second meet of the season.
In the varsity competition, the Irish boys took fifth and the girls’ team placed fourth. Maple Lake’s Greg Dorow led the boys for the Irish taking eighth place with a time of 18:05. Dorow improved his time from the last meet by an astonishing minute and a half.